Last February I had to go into hospital for some surgery. It was supposed to be something minor, which subsequently changed into something rather more than I anticipated. As a result, it took much longer to get over it, than I originally envisaged.
What I found was that I had, and still have – much less energy than I did, and that standing around for long periods of time leaves me feeling distinctly tired. It would have been so easy to just stop taking photographs and give in to the problem – so what I had to do was shift my thoughts from what I couldn’t do, to what I could do.
For instance, in my last blog post I talked about the Armed Forces weekend in Cleethorpes. I’d got a pass for the whole event, but in reality I only managed one of the days – fortunately the main day…. and I got some great images.
It’s no good just saying you can’t do something – sometimes you just have to moderate your ambition, and work within your new limitations.
I’m pretty sure that I’ll get over this completely in the next month or two, but in the meantime – I’ll just have to slow down and work one day at a time.
The benefits are that I have to plan more, and can’t just rush out – and the benefits have been noticeable.