I live with a professional photographer. My husband has been shooting for over 20 years... well, okay, over 35 years, but who's counting? Although his day job is a program manager, he photographs high school senior pictures, family portraits, nature photos, and weddings. As a matter of fact, that's how we met!
Twenty some years ago I was working in advertising and two weeks before Christmas I lost my job. The agency had lost a major client and needed to lay-off ten people. One of those peeps happened to be me! As a recently divorced single mother, I was devastated. I hadn't even gone Christmas shopping for my daughter yet! I really needed a job, so my friend recommended I go to work for this freelance photographer she knew. She had been working for him, but had just quit and said I could probably take her place as his assistant shooting weddings. I did just that and the rest is history! What I perceived as a bad thing, actually was life changing, but in a good way. I didn't know it at the time, though. Funny how things happen, isn't it?
So often something happens in our lives that throws us for a loop. We're caught off guard, and when it happens we really don't know how to respond. Sometimes it literally knocks us off our feet. And then there are those times when something so unexpected happens, we become mesmerized and can only watch the events unfold before our eyes in slow motion. It's as if time stands still. I'm reminded of September 11, 2001. All those people effected by such a tragedy. The entire country stood still and watched.
A few years ago I did this mixed-media collage/painting, which has become one of my favorite pieces, called "And Time Stood Still". This piece was created with 9/11 in mind, and all the other events in our lives that are life changing, for better or worse.
If you've had a life changing experience which you originally thought was unfortunate, but realized later it had a positive outcome, I'd like to hear from you. Please post a brief summary of your experience in the comments section. If you'd like to journal in depth about your experience, post the full version on your blog with a link to it in the comments section of this post.