Life Is Complicated

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.

But …

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”.

Well ….

14 Responses to “Life Is Complicated”

  1. Michelle

    I hear the “it happened for a reason” line when talking to different people, and I agree with them, mainly because the “reason” is a choice someone else made (like running a stop sign)!

    But, I have a quote on my computer which is more how I think. “In other words, you choose your life, that is to say, you choose all the conditions of your life, when you choose the thoughts upon which you allow your mind to dwell.” – Anthony Bloom.

    We get to choose how we respond to what happens in our life – good, bad, ugly. And you have, in my mind, chosen the best way for you. So many people would be sitting at home complaining and focusing on what they have lost (and I’m sure there are times when you do have a ‘small’ pity party), but on the whole I see you choosing to focus on what you *can* do, and even pushing the boundaries on what you’ve been told you can do.

    You are an inspiration. And I love your photos.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you Michelle.
      Like everyone, I think I just try to do the best I can each day.
      Some days that’s better than other days!
      : )

  2. karen

    What a great comment by Michelle… and she’s right.. inspirational..you are.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that image. WOW.

  3. Denise

    You inspire many people, even if that was not your life plan. Life is such a fragile thing and can change in an instant, as yours did. You make the most of each day, follow your passion, love your family and friends, and will never really understand how you got to this place. But here you are, living your best life and coping with severe chronic pain that most of us cannot even imagine. Many others will read your words, see your photos, and realize that they can live a fuller life. And that is the inspiration.

    Absolutely beautiful photograph!

  4. ErIca

    Why is life complicated? It’s beautiful, but parts of it are too pointy for comfort.

  5. Stephen

    Suzanne, you are one of my heroes. As you are well aware, I’ve been following your blog for a long time and it’s been such a treat and inspiration to watch you overcome obstacles and see the woman you are, emerge. To me, your photography is just a reflection of that growth. I’m in awe. 🙂

    • Suzanne

      Thank you Stephen.
      I appreciate SO MUCH the encouragement and support you’ve given me!

  6. J. Delancy

    “Many of the things I used to think of as impossible, I now do on a regular basis.” J.Delancy

    I should not be quoting myself but its something I first used on http://www.Success.com and liked how it sounded. Feel free to use it.

    Gratitude and Wonderment will make for a more engaged life no matter your physical condition.
    Keep hoping, learning and loving. Most of all keep producing some of the most breathtaking photographs the world has ever seen.

    All The Best

    http://www.writingsofamidlifeman.com

  7. Suzanne

    Thank you so much.
    It’s a wonderful quote – !!

  8. Gaelyn

    Being injured in an accident is certainly not choice, but moving on with life as you’re doing sure is.

    • Suzanne

      Two steps forward, one step backwards …
      Or that’s how it has seemed.
      It’s difficult to always remember I’m making PROGRESS, but I am!! : )

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