Growth

After covering events for the paper over the last few days and catching up on some housework, today’s schedule is looking pretty light.

I have a couple of pieces I am working on for the paper, and other than that I don’t have much on deck, so I’m thinking that I’ll be cutting the lawn as long as the rain stays away, as well as doing some more tutorials in photoshop or Lightroom.

I am totally in awe of how powerful these programs truly are. The only down side to learning the photo manipulation software is that it really makes me question how true some of these photos floating around social media are.

It used to be said that a photo is worth a 1000 words.

In today’s climate, where photo manipulation is so seamless, that is definitely not the case. I know that for myself, I do go for the bare amount of editing required, usually just some colour correction. That said I have played with some more drastic editing, and it is amazing what can be done with the software.

The funny thing is, I’ve barely scratched the surface as far as what the program can do.

Learning photoshop and Lightroom are just a couple of the skills that I have been working on in learning in recent months, and I have found that the learning helps my mental health.

When I am left to my own thoughts it is very easy for me to sit and ruminate on my negative thoughts and emotions. When I have a challenge in front of me, good stress, it diverts from the rumination and the bad stress. The learning also grows my skill set, making me better equipped to handle my job as a writer and photographer.

In my struggle with mental illness the growth has been as beneficial for me as all of the therapy combined, which is leaving me a good position to advance myself into the future.

As nervous as I am about going back to school in September, with the growth I have had up until this point, it is the natural next step, and I’m looking forward to facing the challenge head on.

K

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