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I built this site to remind me to get out of the house, get some exercise, enjoy life and hopefully take a nice image or two. I’m David by the way.

A few years ago, I had a bit of a life changer. Without going into to much detail, an illness I have lived with all of my adult life got the better of me. I spent the following two years struggling to leave my bed. I couldn’t work, I couldn’t think straight, hell I could barely walk as far as the bathroom. I was a mess.

This couldn’t continue. I was at the point where I knew if I didn’t really fight back hard then the game was lost. This disease would probably kill me.

So I started to force myself out of bed and with the help of Claira (my other half) and my family, managed to get to the point where I could think fairly straight again. This meant I could work in some capacity, so I started an online company specialising in a field I used to work in. It was dolly steps, but the steps were in the right direction.

I decided to build a campervan to get me out of the house. My camper has a small PC with long range Wi-Fi, meaning I can work from say, the beach.

Next I needed a hobby. Something to make me exercise. My father-in-law is a keen photographer, and I’d bought a cheap DSLR from him a while back. So when my in-laws were visiting I asked him to show me how to use the camera properly and from that moment going forward I was hooked on outdoor photography.

Fast forward a couple of years and my life is so much better. Claira took up photography as well (she’s annoyingly good) so it’s something we now enjoy together. Along with our dog (Rossi) we now spend any spare time we have exploring Cornwall in the camper and taking photos. Not a bad life really.

I’d always kept quiet about my illness, only talking to those closest to me.  Last week I read a post on Talk Photography from a guy with similar issues, that inspired me to talk as well. His post helped me, so in turn I hope my post helps another. I know I’ll always have this illness. I know it will never go. But I also know that it can be controlled to an extent and it doesn’t have to rule my life.

So as I said at the top of the page, this site is to get me out of the house, get some exercise, enjoy life and hopefully take a nice image or two. Because it’s these things, along with my family and friends, that help me control my depression.

 

 

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