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As many people know, I've been doing photography since about April 2011. My daughter just had several major surgery to make her some hip joints and I had to leave work to look after her while she was bed bound for the next 12months+. I was working fulltime for a web design company and a competent user of Photoshop, so I wanted a hobby that kept me in the learning curve of Photoshop....so I chose Photography.
I joined a local club, but for several reasons I left after 8 months because a small number of members did not treat me well. It was shocking really, I started this hobby to take my mind off worrying about Jazz, to give me one evening a week to leave the bungalow and do something else and these people don't have a clue about your life or who you are, but they see fit to make judgments....yes I'm happy and bubbly, but only because I have to be or I'd be a wreck. Don't get me wrong, I also met some really nice people too who were very supportive, but unfortunately it was a battle not worth fighting...and I was too tired to fight, so I walked away.
Anyways, moving on...and moving on I did. I did the most radical thing a person can do and I reached out and reached high. I joined the most wonderful group of people I had ever met in the Photography world. Even though they heard bad things about me from a very small number of these very small mind people, they took me under their wing and gave me a purpose!
That's all I needed a purpose to grow, a purpose to belong and a purpose to create.
Why am I telling you this story? If anyone (including yourself) tells you your not very good or thinks they are better than you, shake them off, get rid of the negativity. You don't have to be the world's greatest. As one guy once told me..."All you need is fire in your belly".
A passion and a purpose is all you need.
Big thank you to the influential people in my life that have helped get me through this year:
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