I returned last week from an amazing photography trip to Olympic National Park in Washington. We visited a variety of landscapes, including rainforest, beaches and mountains. I took this picture on the first afternoon at sunset in the Deer Camp area of the park along the Rainshadow Trail. I loved the amazing shades of blue of these mountain ridges, along with the hint of the sunset just at the edge of the scene.
In spite of - or perhaps because of - the amazing experience on this trip, when I returned home, I felt really “blue.” I was feeling tremendously uplifted by the trip, but for some reason, I came back feeling both physically and emotionally tired – and I really struggled to maintain the energy to face life. Depression can hit us when we least expect it, and it doesn’t always make sense. When it does hit , we don’t know how long it will last and it can sometimes feel like it will never end. I think, like this picture, the light and the hope are always there – but we struggle to see or feel it.
I wish I had an inspirational message or an answer that could help myself and others in this position to see that light. I think the best message to remind ourselves of is that time can heal, if we let it. It may take five days, or it may take five weeks, but things can and do change. Feelings and fears that were weighing us down, can be suddenly lifted. Mountains that seemed insurmountable, can turn into easy ascents – and our perspectives and attitudes can shift as we remind ourselves of our blessings, let G-d into our lives and express our gratitude. We may just need to give it time…