I’ve always known the importance of living in the moment, enjoy life, do what makes you happy.
In the face of adversity this can sometimes be challenging but at the same time, it is the perfect opportunity to choose how you react to situations. Often, your reaction and behaviour are the only things you can control. Shawn Achor always advocates that we have the power to change reality around us and that we can consciously choose happiness.
Maya Angelou has said that “Surviving is important, but thriving is elegant.” She also strongly believed that we must take care of ourselves first and foremost and that adversity has the opportunity to bring you something better down the road.
These two people have greatly affected me and influence how I choose to live my life.
One major thing about living with all these challenges in my life has been to feel like I matter, that I can make a difference, that I can contribute. I feel that I am at an impasse, a transition, a standstill. I can no longer do what I used to do and I am still mourning my old life. Adapting to a new life is essential but no one said it would be easy.
Photography has been a huge part of my life for nearly 30 years. It is my passion, my joy, my refuge. Although I have been documenting my journey through photography, not much creativity was needed to do so. Creativity was also not something I had the energy to tap into as I was striving to stay alive on a daily basis.
Now, as my medical health is stabilizing, it frees up energy to want to invest in my new life. What do I want? What does it look like? How do I go about making it happen? What would make me happy?
I have discussed this with my occupational therapist and she agrees that I need to resume tapping into my creativity and use it as a means of expression. Not only will it bring me peace and provide me with the sense of contribution and living life right here, right now, instead of simply surviving, but above all, it will allow me to express myself and link my old life to my new situation.
Physically, I no longer have the muscle strength to hold my professional cameras. My point and shoot camera is obsolete and my phone camera is inadequate. I definitely cannot afford to buy a new camera but I do want to resume my art. I always say ‘think outside the box and find solutions’. After much consideration, I have found a solution.
For years I have been accumulating Airmiles for trips that might or might not happen. I have not been able to travel for years, and medically, will probably not be able to travel for years to come. Therefore, instead of planning for ‘wants’ that might not happen, I can plan for ‘needs’ that I can enjoy right now and which will contribute to my happiness. I have chosen to use part of my Airmiles to get a camera system that suit my current needs.
An opportunity came up with a promotion that Airmiles was having for gold card members for a lesser points rate, where the camera suits all my requirements, and it’s cute too, and shipping and taxes were all included. Therefore I thought this was the perfect opportunity to invest in my happiness by allowing me to tap into my creativity again at no financial cost. I am so excited by this. Now the hardest thing is waiting for the delivery of my new toy! 🙂
I feel good about this. It doesn’t mean I have given up on my dream to travel, rather it means that I can do something right now to enjoy my new life. Photography has always been a huge part of my life and I am excited at the opportunity to resume that part again. I have chosen to put myself first and made a conscious decision to be happy. And, I will also be able to start selling prints again. Win win.
Being excited about something feels amazing.