I Am Not Throwing Away My Shot

I am embarking on a year of posting a pic a day, aka a 365.  I have completed two 365’s (2011 and 12) back to back.  After that I decided not to continue, as it is a time consuming hobby, and sometimes very difficult to manage throughout the year.  In fact, it has been 5 years.  And, yes, I have actually missed going out and then posting an image every day, adding some perspective, antecdote, narrative, or description and meaning.  I would love to hear your critiques, opinions or suggestions of my pictures. It is very important for me to hear what others think I could do to improve my photography. If you end up following me, it would mean the world. I built a pretty awesome network before I stopped and I did miss that. So hopefully I can do that again. But don’t feel obligated. I am not everyone’s cup of tea. (Most of the posts are oozing with sarcasm with the intended purpose of being humorous, which often fails 🙂

So a little about me, which will probably help to understand a lot of the photos. I am now in my 21st year as a high school theatre teacher. I also have a Masters in Counseling.  I wear a number of many different hats. I barely have time, on most days, to breathe, yet when I did my first 365 I found it to be therapeutic. And now I find myself needing that therapy again, to get away.  
I have 3 awesome kids (well not kids anymore.) Yes they all had/have their angsty rebellious moments, and yet I still love them. I know, or hope, they feel the same way, and that I didn’t screw them up that bad.  My youngest is graduating this year.  After that, the empty nest syndrome will hit.  So I am hoping by returning to this, it will help to distract me from the loneliness and quiet that will be ever so present with none of them here.  
I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in September of 2009.  It was a shock yet I did not accept it’s exsistence, and refused to let it become a part of me. It was an unwelcomed guest and with a lot of strength, it was kicked out and that door was locked.  I actually detailed my journey on a different blog, in hopes that it may help others find the way to kick it out on its ass. If it helps inspire or guide just one person, through the ordeal, then it will have been worth the documentation.  Giving up is not, and should never be, an option.  You can actually read the journal (click link at end of paragraph).  Be aware, it starts from my last post and works backwards. And it is raw and very descriptive. I told it the way I saw it and felt it and did not edit for content (even the parts where I wrote on painkillers).  I Just wish I knew how to change the format. Stage struck 
Other than that, my remaining children, Gracie (the Golden) and Anastasia (Husky) will have to fill the rest of the void.  I look forward, as I did in the past, to visit and drop in on as many blogs as I can. I try to feature and link 3 blogs, that I really enjoyed, every day on my posts. I also like to leave comments on some pages, but please don’t feel obliged to do the same. I just feel good paying it forward. Sometimes you never know when a couple of kind words can change someone’s day dramatically.  Happy blogging and keep your heart warm.

One comment on “I Am Not Throwing Away My Shot”

  1. I hope you’ve had more time to breathe and that the weight of all those hats isn’t overbearing. My blogs are a mess so don’t feel obliged to visit just cos I’m dropping my comment. I’ve just distracted from intended task so i’ll return another day for a look at some pics and read a little. I have a terrible memory for all those things i want to do so i hit the follow and maybe catch sight of your posts in the wordpress reader then. ENS is no fun either definitely but hopefully you’ll enjoy the freedom and frequent times enough with your loved ones. Best wishes to you for your blogging.

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