“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
– Desmond Tutu
2020 turned our lives upside down, bringing with it illness, loss, financial challenges, political instability and legions of other stressors. They say that it is always darkest before the dawn, however, and now we start anew with multiple vaccines making their way into our communities, with new leaders soon to take power and with a small beacon of hope visible at the end of the long tunnel we entered in 2020.
Since March I have maintained a pretty low profile, using the lockdown to focus on family and personal growth. I have also channeled much of my artistic energy into playing guitar, something that I did professionally for a decade but stepped away from for a long time when photography found me. My friends and family have all stayed healthy, thankfully, and it has been a blessing to spend so much time with them.
2020 reminded me that I find solace and joy in the simple things that exist in my “3 foot world”: the joy on my dog’s face when I grab the leash and she realizes it is time for a walk. The brush on the canvas as my wife paints, or the sound of my daughter playing her Ukulele downstairs. Being a lifelong health care worker I follow the pandemic closely and can quote COVID stats and literature with the best of them, but it is important to know when to turn these things off. It is the simple things after all, the things immediately within our grasp, that can keep us focused and fulfilled.
And now 2021 is here. A new year, with new opportunities. Slowly light will push out the shadows of 2020 and we will return to the people, the places and the things that we all love so much. Until then, try focusing on your own 3 foot world if you find yourself getting stressed. Step away from the noise and find peace in the simple things.
I will be back photographically in 2021, with new personal work and a small number of Vancouver based workshops this summer. You can count on that. Until then, I hope that you all stay healthy and continue to share your work and your aspirations with me as you have over the last few years. This is a wonderful community, and you are all wonderful people.
Happy New Year my friends!