Never Give Up!

Hi everybody! I’m back today with a special sort of post, or at least special in a sense to me. As some of you may know I’ve been taking some photography classes to better my skills. I’ve been taking pictures for many years now and it’s something that I get a great deal of satisfaction out of. I don’t know how to explain it but I just have this ability to see a photograph. For a while as you know that all stopped because of my CRPS. I tried to get into other things that I could do with my disability but photography kept nagging at me. Everything I tried just came up a little bit short. A very important piece of who I am was missing and I wanted it back!

There came a point where I couldn’t ignore it anymore and had to try and see if I could take that piece back. So for the last 6 or 7 months I’ve been shaking off the rust, and the fun is starting to come back. There is an even stronger passion than before, and I’ve proven to myself that I can overcome anything given that I set my mind to. If I can overcome this obstacle then what other ones can I overcome. In my mind for the longest time I had told myself that it was over, and that I wasn’t going to be picking up a camera again!

So this weekend I went out snapping a few pictures for a photo assignment that we were given. It isn’t easy for me to trudge around in the snow but I felt good with the results that I got. So I’ve included a few photos in this post. As well I’m working towards launching my Etsy site by Christmas so be watching for that! It hasn’t been easy and at times I’ve really had to fight and tell myself to keep going. It took some adapting and figuring out how I was going to work the camera with one hand. There was a certain amount of frustration because I was used to doing things a certain way, however once I worked out those issues everything was fine.

In my case I was able to take back something that means so much to me! I’m not saying that this is going to happen to anyone, but you never know unless you put yourself out there and try. If your like me years have gone by and your brain has conditioned itself to think a certain way. It’s not your fault it’s the disease! Why not test yourself and see if you can take back something that was taken away from you. You might be surprised at what happens. It’s a bigger step than you think because taking something back isn’t a small step it’s a huge step! Are you up for the challenge?

 

 

 

 

 

About Ross

My name is Ross and I want to welcome you to my site. I'm married to an amazing woman who is my best friend, and my soul mate all rolled up into one! I am the father of two very special girls who we adopted from China & Ethiopia. Together we make up one very multicultural family! In 2006 my life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with CRPS/RSD. It was the start of a journey I never could have expected, and one that I couldn't fight without God. CRPS is a chronic pain disease and it started in my left hand. I lost mobility of my hand and started to experience pain unlike I ever could have imagined. Not to long after my left ankle became affected. I spent the better half of about a year not knowing what was going on in my body and traveling from doctor to doctor to find a diagnosis. As time went by I started learning more about CRPS and all its symptoms that it brings with it! As I started to learn more about CRPS I felt the growing need to share the information I was learning with others and to raise more awareness. As well I want this to be a place where we can connect and support one another. So I would encourage you to contact me if you want.
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2 Responses to Never Give Up!

  1. Beautiful! Just beautiful! The pictures are gorgeous and your post reflections are too. I think it’s all about seeing beautiful. As you snap the photo you’re capturing this moment of significance that YOU see. You get to capture beautiful. It’s a gift that you then get to share with others.

    Happy seeing beautiful…and you’re seeing it. 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    Loving the photos Ross! Hope you are feeling better. Any news on your recovery? I feel so behind. I’ve had bronchitis, ick! Glad to hear you are putting yourself out there. God wants us to use the talents He gave us. Good job going out there and putting them to use 😀

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