This member story was featured in a mental health exhibition in Malaysia titled Return To Light.

Well it’s been several weeks since my last post. The last few weeks have been quite challenging for me. Last week I had the opportunity to go on a fishing trip and I was determined not to pass on that opportunity. I thought to myself that doing the things I enjoy the most should be among my priorities. Sadly, it was difficult to let myself relax. My uncle, who was also part of the fishing trip, seemed completely relaxed. I envied him. One night, after we came back from fishing, he told me about his alcoholism. 25 years ago, alcoholism was destroying his life and the life of the people around him. It’s hard for me to imagine him that way. He’s a really nice person. He found a way to truly transform himself. I thanked him for sharing his story. Many people went through a period in their lives when they suffered and had to overcome hardship. Most people have an opinion on how I should deal with my issues and will not hesitate to dump it on me. But, few people are able to share their story in a way that makes me feel like I’m not alone and that it is possible to move through my personal issues. Having good models in life is very important. It’s important not to be alone when trying to get through these obstacles.

My uncle also told me about that time when he went to see the keys in Florida. He told me that the tour guide had stopped the bus to allow the passenger to admire the sunset and how he felt it was funny since he gets to admire the sunset quite often. We got several really nice sunsets. It made me regret not having my good camera with me. I particularly liked the colors that were reflected on the water. Every time I looked at the water, the colors had changed. During the day I also spent some time looking at the clouds. Their brightness, layers, shape and colors made them look beautiful. I tried to figure out what would be the best way to paint them. It also made me wonder what were the things that I take for granted or that I don’t allow myself to enjoy.

 

— Daniel Robinson

Here are some of the personal notes the attendees left for Daniel!

 

“Thank you for sharing this beautiful story, it’s sure nice to stop & enjoy what we have, keep on the spirit, you’re doing great. And also you have mad photography skills.”

“Wherever you are going, no matter what the weather is, always bring your own sunshine.”

“You are strong! Stay bold & courageous.”

“Sometimes the simplest things, are often the most beautiful. Thanks for reminding me. ?”

“Your love of sunsets has resonated with me. They are beautiful reminders that every day can end hopeful and beautifully regardless of what happened that day. Keep your head up! ❤️”

 

 

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