Today, I'm not feeling so great. While I am stuck in bed, I have been using the time to catch up on work and update my blog. This journey has been quite the challenge. I cannot believe I am on week six already, with this photo being my forty-second post. Time really does fly by when you're having fun. I just wanted to take a minute to thank everyone who has supported me on this creative journey. This time two years ago, I was absolutely miserable. School has never been my thing, and I would absolutely dread going. After school, I had nothing to look forward to other than laying around and watching TV. I hate TV actually. I would much rather read a book, but I found myself in this cycle where I could not get off of my ass. My anxiety levels were through the roof, my self-esteem was on the negative scale, and I was just flat out unhappy. It's amazing how much your personality can change when you are doing something you love. You start to see life in a completely different way. I honestly think that pursuing photography has changed me as a person. I feel like I know who I am. I feel like I know who I want to be and now I have found the path I must take to get there. 

For all of you who are struggling, you are not alone. Get up, get outside, and talk to people. Simply talking to others and asking about their lives and their interests are what propelled me to where I am today. If someone is passionate about what they are doing, there is no greater honor than to teach another. Find a mentor. Try something you've never tried before, but has always peaked your interest. Life is over in the blink of an eye. It is up to you to decide what you do with it. Does it really matter what other people think in the grand scheme of things? Absolutely not. People who hate on you need to get a life anyway. They too are stuck in the self-destructive, lonely cycle. Do not let their words harm you. They come from a place of insecurity. If you are genuinely happy with yourself, there is no reason to judge another. 

Audrey Dawson