Here's something that most of us take for granted every single day...
I was recently having a conversation with another photographer, and during the back and forth, the subject of how beat up we feel after a session came up.
Back pain, knee cracking, neck soreness, arm fatigue - you know, like a couple grandpas shooting the shit and comparing war wounds.
At one point during the exchange, I mentioned that as long as my hands and eyes are intact, I will still be in business.
That one drew a laugh from the both of us - but, it also brought up a very genuine point of gratitude, as well.
What if I suddenly lost my sight or had to amputate a hand?
Yes, my life would be full of new challenges and obstacles that I take for granted right now, but, I would find the strength and resolve to adapt and overcome.
I’ve worked with a wide variety of disabled folks and that’s the first thing that pops out to me when I talk to them about their adjusted living habits - they accept their reality as it is and continue to live their lives.
But I would never be able to take a single picture again.
This idea scares me to death, even as I ponder it hypothetically.
I live and breathe what I do behind a camera because not only is photography my business, it’s my art, my hobby - my passion.
It’s how I make sense of the world and how I serve others.
Without it, I honestly have no clue what I would do, and hope that I never find myself in a position to have to answer it.
This is why I am eternally grateful for the good fortune of having my health.
Yes, it is stressful to run a successful business, but, without health, all of that stuff doesn’t mean shit, so, I am thankful that I am in a position to meet these particular challenges head on.
It’s funny how a bitch, moan and groan conversation can swiftly transform into a deeply reflective look into what really matters most.