the glass is half empty. i remind myself there are different ways to see, not look, but see. my first thought i had while i was editing this photograph, was how alone the tree is. there was no other tree within sight of it. this tree stands out & apart. depressing…BUT, is it? this tree is strong & seemingly capable of taking care of itself. the water that surrounds this area of Mobile Bay is both fresh & salt, yet the tree seems to defy the elements, standing tall. i can see the tree as alone or i can see this tree as strong. if i see the tree as strong, then the glass half full. if i see it isolated & alone, my glass is half empty. Perception.
could i change the way i live my life by my observations? i spend a great deal of time alone in my art studio. i spend a great deal of time alone gardening. instead of being lonely, i can SEE my life from different view…I have three amazingly smart & beautiful children, I have an art studio! I can create art! I have a great camera! I can edit photography on my great computer! I have five raised beds to grow flowers, herbs & veggies & fruit! I have bees buzzing on my blueberry bushes, I have butterflies landing on my camellia blossoms. I have a dog who walks beside me, because being with me makes us both happy.
My glass is half full. sometimes. sometimes not.
There is a difference with being alone & feeling lonely. I’ve been both, depression feels like you’re alone. And as hard as it is, we’ve got to get up & live. i fight my battle daily, some days this depression swallows me whole. other times it feels like depression is standing behind me, waiting. It is waiting to empty my half a glass of water.
perception is everything, but it is difficult to learn as an adult. learning to see your life, and knowing someone is envious of it.