Sometimes, life decides to throw a load of crap at you. It's up to you how you deal with it.
It's easy to get lost in the quagmire that is the photography industry. Whether you really want that new piece of gear but can't afford it or you're not making as many sales as you would have hoped, these little things can build and sometimes end up causing a lot of frustration. At times like this, it helps to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. Do you and your family have your health? If your answer is "yes", then that's great, because that can't be said of everyone.
In UK photographer David Dixon's latest video, he talks to Simon Turnbull, a fellow nature photographer from the UK, who turned to photography as way to cope with a very difficult period in his life. Dixon himself is a vocal proponent for mental health awareness and is creating a series of videos on YouTube where he interviews other photographers who share their own experiences with mental health and how a creative outlet like photography helps them through some difficult times.
The concept of having a mindful approach to photography is nothing new, but this is how Turnbull found a way to get out of his head and be more present during a time of personal strain. What struck me most in the video was when he talked about feeling guilty about his state of mind, because it was his partner who was the one with an illness. But when one member of a family suffers, it has an effect on everyone. So, and as he came to realize, it's okay to feel the pressure, strain, or sadness. In fact, it's important for the supposed non-sufferer to be aware of these things and to not chastise themselves, because it's okay to feel unwell. And if one can get some extra help, then that is to the benefit of everyone around them, including the sufferer.
I think, coming up to the holiday period, where things like this become magnified, it's important to be aware of how they can affect us. Whether it is a physical or mental illness, cancer or addiction, everyone in the circle is affected. It does take a certain amount of bravery to stand up and say that one needs help. Just remember that it's okay to ask and help is there.