A decade ago today, I decided I had to do something.
I had to fight to get back my love of photography from the thieving emotional grip of post natal depression. Motherhood was something I had wanted for so long and I anticipated the arrival of this new stage in my life with nothing but excitement. The first four days after my daughter arrived were the ones of dreams come true.
On the fifth day while my heart was wide open expecting only love, something sinister snuck in and began to steal everything. By the time I noticed the shadow hiding behind the familiar figure of exhaustion, depression had scattered little traps everywhere and I was stuck empty and waiting for my real life to begin again.
It was an early spring day in Los Angeles when I finally noticed a small path beginning to clear through the darkness in my heart and I took one tiny step towards that light. It was a choice to to do something so simple that unintentionally changed the course of my life.
Uploading an average – and I am being generous with that adjective – photograph of my three month old baby to Flickr after watching others share their images for months was one of the hardest things I had ever done. All I could hear was self doubt telling me I wasn’t good enough and that I had nothing of value to share with others.
That picture and the act of putting myself out there leads me to this moment in Melbourne Australia where I sit at my computer in tears of gratitude celebrating a career made from pouring my heart and life out online in images.
To truly say thank you, I am starting an entire year of Celebrating Living Online. There will be projects and contests and random acts of goodness. It is a time to set up the next decade and beyond. I had no idea what would come from that decision to actively join Flickr on March 25th, 2005 and I still have no idea what will come tomorrow. The difference is that today I have faith that it is going to be alright. I am confident in the worth of everyone’s stories and the importance in sharing life openly with others. I know the meaning and power of a connected collective to illuminate even the deepest gloom.
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