clothespins, a photo by Sofia Katariina on Flickr.
Jukka, one of my father's brothers died this spring. Matti, my mom's brother died a week ago. Miriam, my stepdad's mom, died Thursday night. I almost lost my husband this year. Those events are just the tip of the iceberg of sorrow that this year has brought me and my family. Without a doubt, it has been the most difficult and challenging year of my life. I'm praying that this cycle of sadness is ready to pass and that a cylce of something better can begin.
One of the things that helped me survive this year is my photography. It is a a true escape. I can just leave my sorrows behind, even for just a little while and live in a world of bright colors. I lose track of time in my little world and nothing else seems to matter. I truly believe that it is a gift that I was given to help me through the tough times. That might sound silly to some, but it has turned out to be one way I can keep going on.