If Darwin’s natural selection had been allowed to work properly I probably shouldn’t be here, so it wasn’t too big a surprise when my life as I knew it was stopped in its tracks a few years ago by a ridiculously rare and complicated neurological illness. Well and truly shipwrecked, I faced continuing on in the lifeboat, and this blog relates some of the stories and adventures I get up to in the times between relapses when I get a chance to temporarily use a half -decently functioning body. I’m not saying it’s a bed of roses having a chronically relapsing neurological illness, but there are silver linings, and I will forever be grateful of the upsides it has brought to my life. Being forced to jump into another track has given me a chance to explore a side of myself and develop interests I never would have had a chance to do otherwise.
A lot of the time, you wouldn’t really guess from the outside, and that awareness that we’re all on a unique journey, doing our best to find a way through on our own bumpy journeys, with depths of hidden stories behind our façades, gives me an approach to my photography, which in turn is a catalyst for some wonderful adventures and human encounters.
Although the quote is often attributed to him, I’ve a sneaking feeling it wasn’t actually Voltaire who said “life’s a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats” but rather an essayist talking about his work.
It seemed like quite an apt title for the story of my adventures though, as I try to do exactly that, and where I can, encourage others to do the same. There’s nothing like travelling the world with open eyes to put our own difficulties in perspective.
Those of us who are lucky enough to have slipped through Darwin’s net should really make the very most of our precious short time here, it won’t last for ever! It won’t go right all the time, we can’t always avoid the shipwrecks, but we can look for the bright side, enjoy the little things, dance, smile make the most of it and sing away in those lifeboats and remember how lucky we are to be here at all!