I’ve been reflecting a lot lately about what it is that I have to be thankful for. Honestly, the list is just too big. I’m thankful for the beautiful new house that we are building in one of our provincial parks, and how every little hint of a hiccup always seems to rectify itself somehow. I’m thankful for my family who live so close to me and are always there when I need them, without fail. I’m thankful for my own little family, especially Holly who made it through her recent surgery and hopefully will continue to keep overcoming all of her health issues. I’m thankful for all six of my current jobs, which I have acquired based on hard work, skill, and a boatload of luck. I’m also thankful for my little store, which has already been a great success even though it’s been open for less than two weeks.
What I’m really thankful for, which may sound strange to some of you, is the community of people and artists that I have been able to connect with through Instagram. I cannot begin to describe the outpour of love that I have been receiving on almost a daily basis. Instagram has been a social media blessing in disguise for me. Every time I log in and scroll through my feed, I see such an inspirational collection of stunning photographs that are either captioned by profound proclamations or simple statements. Who am I referring to? People and artists like @1924us, @abstractconformity, @cometwest, @colincabalka, @fouraugust, @me_an_orla, and @modernoutdoorsman.
Although it maybe weird to be thankful for Instagram, today, its community is one thing that I, as an artist, cannot live without. So seriously, thank you.