Late yesterday, I published a new photo titled Life is Complicated.
Life is Complicated: Click on photo to purchase, or view larger, in 24atHeart gallery
After I published it, I left to meet up with my friend, Nike, for the evening.
One of the many things we talked about was the unexpected journey my life has taken since the car accident.
Do you ever look at where you’re life is right now, and wonder how you got to that particular spot?
I know no one’s life turns out exactly as they expect it to …
But, so much has changed in my life, so rapidly.
It’s difficult for me to fully comprehend how much has happened in this year alone.
I will never say the car accident was a good thing.
It absolutely was not.
It was a horrible thing.
I also don’t believe “it happened for a reason.”
Although, it did – the reason was because Mr. Asshole ran a stop.
But, the car accident most definitely turned my life in a different direction than it would have gone otherwise.
I lost a lot.
My pre-accident life disappeared.
Through all the struggles, I gained some things too.
There are some really wonderful people in my life now. People I would not have known otherwise.
(For instance – you!)
I’ve fought so hard to do the things I love again.
I still fight.
Every single day.
I know life is difficult for many people, in many different ways.
There are a lot of people with much more difficult challenges in life than I have.
For me, it takes longer to do things than it takes a “normal” person.
Also, almost everything I do results in increased pain.
Look at the progress I’m making.
I can’t hold a camera for long periods of time.
But, I’ve learned to hold a camera left handed.
My (seemingly impossible) goal was just to be able to take photos again.
And now …
More people than I could have ever imagined are embracing my art.
It feels like a fairy tale!
Most of the people following my photography don’t even know about the accident or my bum arm, or the pain –
To them, I’m just a photographer.
Isn’t that amazing?
I’ve never stopped fighting to move forward, but I never imagined so much wonderful was in store for me either.
When I got home from my evening with Nike, I was shocked to see such a strong positive response to the photo Life is Complicated.
One person left the following comment:
Absolutely love this. Curious, why did you caption it with “life is complicated”.