I am not sure where I stand. I have worried my family, called unashamedly upon my friends and have, in the end, doubted myself and my abilities.
None of which, mind you, is intentional. It is all a part of the person I am, which is the same person I was yesterday, the day before and ten years ago.
I find myself in a place that is completely and irreverently foreign, while at the same time, alarmingly familiar to me.
I have been here before and, unfortunately, will be here again.
It is my nature.
It is my being.
It is, on occasion, my life.
I can find no pleasure in anything, most especially in the two things that usually, without fail, bring me immeasurable pleasure and boundless joy.
Photography and words.
I don’t want to take them; I don’t want to write them.
I don’t want to develop them once I have taken them and don’t want to read them once I’ve written them.
I don’t want to see them or immerse myself in them.
I am, truly and most inexplicably, at a loss.
Those are the things that, irregardless of professions and degrees, make me who I am.
Without them, everything else is irrelevant.
Photography and words are what sustain me while I am trying my level best to live from one day to the next.
They center me and keep me from teetering over a sometimes fine and fragile line.
And yet, for now anyway, the joy, beauty and perfection of image and verse escape me.
I am perplexed.
Maybe I am a figment of my own imagination.
Wouldn’t that be one for the books. A figment of an imagination that never really existed in the first place.
An enigma wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a puzzle.
I usually reserve that description for others I know, respect and revere … and yet, well, here I am.
I have become my own puzzle. Odd and disconcerting and yet, this too shall pass and from it will emerge something beyond my dreams.
It always does.
Until that time, be well, my lovelies, be well.