Just realized that it’s been nearly a year and I haven’t written about it here. Last year, my first travel photography feature, In Search of Old Japan, won the Media Publishers Association Singapore’s Online Photography of the Year award for 2015.
I took the selfie above, the morning after learning about my win. I was in Seoul, South Korea, shooting my second travel photography feature, Craftsmanship in South Korea. I wanted to thank the team that worked hard with me to make the feature happen, so I uploaded that photo to Facebook with a big shout-out to everyone involved.
What most people didn’t know was that I was going through a very tough period at the same time. Just before I left for South Korea to shoot my feature, my wife suffered from headaches for days, then one day half of her face became paralyzed. It was a condition that neither of us had heard of, called Bell’s Palsy.
Thankfully, she eventually recovered. But it was a difficult time to be away, and to be working. I had to get the shots and feature done, even though I was worrying about her all the time. Thank the 21st century for the Internet and Facetime. I wrote more about this over on my other site, Starting Mind.
I learned something then, and it has reverberated with me since. I need to treasure the people around me, everyday, because our good health, and our time on this planet, is guaranteed to no one.
This post comes late, but I figured, better late than never.