I battle depression but it’s not always a fight…
Sometimes it’s a negotiation.
Sometimes even a partnership.
Lately there has been some give and take.
Life changes, the disease changes and I’ve certainly changed.
I believe the trick is to live a life where you can learn what can help.
Luckily it’s 2017 and the concept of depression is becoming widely known. The Bell Let’s Talk campaign is brilliant for getting the word out and rallying the troops. I give credit to each person that suffers and is brave enough to come forward and confront the stigma.
You see, depression is not prejudiced. It doesn’t care what colour you are or what religion you follow. It doesn’t care where you were born or who you like to have sex with. Rich, poor, famous or a no-name; depression can climb inside anyone. It can strike at any time.
I’ve been inspired by a local writer, Owen Laukkanen, and the way he’s transparent about his struggles. I’m guessing Owen has been a beacon of hope for many in his huge fan base.
Owen is one of the reasons I started to put more effort into my photography.
As more people share their stories I embrace the fact that I’m part of a huge community. Even better? Some of these people are pretty cool. It’s like an elite club with a harsh entry fee. But once you’re in and look around you wonder at the incredible people who share your journey.
Lately, to ease my mind and give the semblance of moving forward, I’ve been walking at least 10k a day. It wasn’t a plan and I wasn’t in distress but the concept seemed right. Having a fitbit has helped to keep me honest. To make the hours I spend out there a little more interesting, I started taking pictures. It’s odd how your mind can be consumed with looking for a perfect shot to post on social media. There’s nothing like that type of one-pointed concentration to positively focus the mind.
And the extra added bonus… When reaction to the picture is positive the endeavour comes full circle. Motivation, meditation, magic. It’s rewarding to share the moment.
So this blog is to thank each and every one that has liked or loved or commented on one of my “walking” pictures.
As for my long standing dance with depression…
There’s no guarantee who will be the ultimate winner. A fighting chance is all I can ask for.