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12/30/2016 09:59:27 AM · #1
Well, some of you know me some don't so I'll keep this short.

I have (and still am) been through depression and anxiety and I am undergoing treatment, etc etc.

Anyway, long story short, lost my passion now trying to rebuild myself mentally so I am back as a full member, hope I can honour it.

I'm not the kind of guy to bang on about stuff but 2016 has not been kind to me.
12/30/2016 10:15:47 AM · #2
Originally posted by MAK:

I'm not the kind of guy to bang on about stuff but 2016 has not been kind to me.

On the positive side, 2016 set the bar so low that there's an excellent chance 2017 will be better.

Welcome back!
12/30/2016 10:16:25 AM · #3
Glad to see you are back here! Sorry to hear you've been through depression and anxiety. Hang in there.

I'll give you a hug from Hong Kong
12/30/2016 10:39:47 AM · #4
Must have been a hard time, but welcome back!!!
12/30/2016 10:51:22 AM · #5
Good to see you back, Marac. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. However, you definitely HAVE been missed, and here's hoping 2017 proves to be a year of strengthening for you :-)
12/30/2016 06:08:27 PM · #6
I know a bunch about depression. I'm so thankful that you're getting help. That's the part that's hard to figure out... that you need help... that you can't do it on your own. It's a physical problem... like the flu.

I'm so glad you're back and shooting!

Welcome Home, Marac.
12/30/2016 06:22:41 PM · #7
More people than you realize deal with those same issues. So happy to hear you're coming out of it. We're here, ready to provide inspiration and support, and hoping you find your mojo!
12/30/2016 07:45:18 PM · #8
keep on keepin' on We are all here with (for) you.
12/30/2016 08:40:09 PM · #9
It seems that 2016 hasn't been the most uplifting for a lot of folks; you aren't alone in your thoughts of saying good riddance. I wish nothing but the best for you in 2017 Marac, hope things turn around in your favour. Getting back into photography may be just the ticket! Take care.
12/30/2016 09:11:59 PM · #10
missed you.
12/30/2016 10:16:50 PM · #11
You're images regularly end up in my favourites eg:
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so I'm glad you are back.

I hope realising what you do here (& elsewhere) inspires people from different parts of the world, and may assist you in journey.
12/30/2016 11:43:05 PM · #12
Glad you're back, 21.gif MAK. Missed you around here.
:)
12/30/2016 11:54:36 PM · #13
Welcome back! I still have "The Little Book of Hitchin" that your photographs so delightfully illustrate! Hugs to you!
12/31/2016 05:39:28 AM · #14
Thank you so much.
I do understand I'm not alone in this, I feel for the others who are also suffering.

The hardest part is seeking help and reaching out.

I am also a musician so that has helped me a lot. Growing up as a young boy I left home at 14 (fourteen) and lived in a garage (parking garage) because of issues at home and trying to get along with my family... I had a small guitar I carried everywhere and was truly a salvation then as it is today.

I am fortunate to also have a wonderful Wife who is supportive and understanding so I am very lucky.

So now I will try to be a better part of this community too that I have been a member of for over 10 years (good lord!)

Thank you.
12/31/2016 05:41:24 AM · #15
Originally posted by PennyStreet:

keep on keepin' on We are all here with (for) you.


I was expecting Rick Astley :)
Thanks.
12/31/2016 11:29:39 AM · #16
a good wife, music and photography sprinkled with art…you got the most important things and the rest will follow. Happy return!
12/31/2016 11:49:02 AM · #17
Marac I always liked your photography and really happy to have you back and with a positive mood. No better way to put your problems aside - waiting for dozens of good images from you :)
12/31/2016 11:52:27 AM · #18
Originally posted by MAK:

Originally posted by PennyStreet:

keep on keepin' on We are all here with (for) you.


I was expecting Rick Astley :)
Thanks.


hahaha... I actually had to look him up and... no, not him:)
12/31/2016 01:16:16 PM · #19
Happy that you back in the fold Marac. 2016 has been a tough year for everyone, however combining that with depression and anxiety can be overwhelming I am sure. For me, DPC is a safe house, so to speak, and where I turn to when I need a lift or just some time without the world's pressures on me. Hopefully 2017 will be kind to you.
12/31/2016 01:59:31 PM · #20
Originally posted by MAK:

Thank you so much.
I do understand I'm not alone in this, I feel for the others who are also suffering.

Some of us don't suffer.....we revel in it! (That'd be the nuts part, not the misery.)

Seriously, it's often hard to be a right-brain person in a left-brain world.
Originally posted by MAK:

The hardest part is seeking help and reaching out.

Bear in mind that if you're honest with yourself and someone who can genuinely help, it isn't always a "professional". The mental health community/industry/world has to operate within set parameters, i.e., slotting people into categories/syndromes/labels. Unfortunately, us right-brain people don't always fit into neat slots so often we aren't tended to properly. It's best to work with someone who understands that before they can help you, they need to get to know and understand YOU.

Both my GF and I deal with anxiety, depression, frustration, anger, insecurity, and other meanderings down desolate paths that come with our fragile, creative psyches. We have become each other's best comfort in that not only does our unconditional love support and heal, but sometimes just sitting quietly in the same room being THERE makes all the difference.

Point being......you know who and what you need more than anyone, so be strong in having your needs addressed in the manner you need.
Originally posted by MAK:

I am also a musician so that has helped me a lot. Growing up as a young boy I left home at 14 (fourteen) and lived in a garage (parking garage) because of issues at home and trying to get along with my family... I had a small guitar I carried everywhere and was truly a salvation then as it is today.

Music is good......
Originally posted by MAK:

I am fortunate to also have a wonderful Wife who is supportive and understanding so I am very lucky.

Having someone who understands and doesn't add to the burden is a true gift.
Originally posted by MAK:

So now I will try to be a better part of this community too that I have been a member of for over 10 years (good lord!)

It's not a comparator......just be here, you don't have to be better.

Welcome back.
12/31/2016 03:12:29 PM · #21
Marac, depression also runs deep in my family, and I've often stared into that abyss, alone. So far, somehow, I have always managed to pull myself back without professional help - or personal help for that matter. Been taking stock recently and now have a very clear idea as to what doesn't work for me....and what does. Photography definitely works for me, not against me. We all know you have tremendous talent, so hope you stay around!
12/31/2016 05:33:12 PM · #22
Originally posted by MAK:

Well, some of you know me some don't so I'll keep this short.

I have (and still am) been through depression and anxiety and I am undergoing treatment, etc etc.

Anyway, long story short, lost my passion now trying to rebuild myself mentally so I am back as a full member, hope I can honour it.

I'm not the kind of guy to bang on about stuff but 2016 has not been kind to me.


Hey Mate its good to see you again. I'm sure you'll find the passion again. I'm sure there are a few more Blues in your box!!
12/31/2016 11:37:16 PM · #23
You're a good friend to all who cross paths with you. Sad to learn that you've been down but happy you're on your way to feeling well. Wish 2017' is kind to you.
12/31/2016 11:48:07 PM · #24
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by MAK:

I'm not the kind of guy to bang on about stuff but 2016 has not been kind to me.

On the positive side, 2016 set the bar so low that there's an excellent chance 2017 will be better.

Welcome back!


++ Can't say it any better. Welcome back (so to speak).
01/01/2017 08:36:23 PM · #25
You have been missed Marac. So happy that you are back.
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