I know that I’m not alone when it comes to having a quarter life crisis.
I had mine about eight months ago.
Approximately 10 months ago I was diagnosed with a disease called Reactive Hypoglycaemia (RH). It’s not diabetes but it is related to blood sugar. In a nut shell: after most people have eaten their blood sugars will increase slowly, to a point, then level out for a few hours before they gradually decrease and you have to eat again. Mine don’t do that. My blood sugars will increase quickly, then fall quickly (there is no level bit), then my insulin and adrenaline kick in and bring my sugars back up. This makes me feel unwell. From simple shaking hands, to anxiety, to fainting. The time frame between the rise and fall all depends on what I have eaten. If I’ve eaten too many carbs or too much sugar it can happen within half an hour of eating, but if I’ve been good and eaten my rabbit food (that’s what I call it anyway) then it will happen every 3 hours or so.
So when I was diagnosed with RH I had to go on a low carb, low GI diet (which I’m still learning about). Having this disease is a pretty big adjustment. If I’m not eating food, I’m thinking about food!
During this time I was also studying a Bachelor of Agriculture. A subject I thought I was absolutely in love with. However I came to a realisation. Because I was only studying part time (because I had a full time job), it was going to take me 6 years to complete and I was only a quarter of the way through it. The whole idea of studying was so that I could get a better job, which would mean more money, which would mean I could save to buy a property quicker… 6 years is a long time to wait for those things and I am not always the most patient person when it comes to things that I want!!
So I quit my Bachelor of Agriculture.
Quitting my studies meant that I had more time to spend with my four favourite things. Pepsi, Noisy, the ute (Flash) and the camera! And this time was spent taking adventures to places I’d never been before in my local area.
This time also helped me realise a few things.
One of those things was that photography makes me happy, it makes me see things differently, it eases that pressure of stress off of my shoulders and chest. I forget what I’m stressed about, I forget about food (at least until I realise that I’m shaking so much that I can’t take a decent photo) and I only think about the beauty of the things around me. I realised that I wanted to share these moments that I capture and try to help others see the beauty in life too.
It seemed natural for me to have a name that made tribute the things that are important to me.
And so the journey of KPN Photography began.