Walking in a Wisco Wonderland

Welcome! This is a brand new adventure for me, and I’m so glad you’re here to check it out.

I have two main passions in life: writing and taking photos. I always assumed they were two separate entities, but it turns out they go together pretty well. Both tell stories. Both elicit reactions and emotions from others. Both are acts of creativity and love. And both can be extremely cathartic.

I have struggled with mental illness for as long as I can remember. Things really hit rock bottom for me in December 2017. At first, I just let the depression and the anxiety take over. It seemed easier than fighting, and I was so incredibly tired.

I’m sure you’ve heard someone use a line like, “One day I just decided enough was enough. I made the decision to change and to be happy.” And if you’re anything like me, you rolled your eyes (maybe not literally, depending on who was speaking, but the idea was there) and sarcastically thought, “Yeah, that’s realistic.”

Well, I have some news for you: it’s not as crazy as it sounds. Or maybe it is; I’m still not sure. The point is that one day this feeling came over me and I thought to myself, I don’t want to be this person anymore. This isn’t who I am, and it’s not who I want to be. I need to change. So I set out to do just that.

Shortly after that, I was leafing through a book of photographs along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail when I made another realization: I want to photograph the world and write all about it. I want to travel. I want to get out there. I want to experience things. And I want to take pictures of it all, and tell the stories of the places I visit, as well as my own stories. This new goal gave my life new meaning and direction. Suddenly I had something to truly look forward to! While it’s been less than a month since that day, I can already feel changes in myself. Others around me can see and feel them, too, so I know they’re real.

Every journey starts with a step. That leads to another step. And another. And before you know it, you’re really walking. The world’s an awfully big place, and I need that first step, so I’m starting with the state I call home: Wisconsin.

Join me as I go Walking in Wisco.

 

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