I look at my hands throughout the day and imagine the unfinished piece I have on my lathe…I have struggles with finding joy in my life for a long time. Depression is always like a gray cloud rolling in and out, never knowing when it would roll in. I suffer in silence because I was raised in a family that sees me as the strong one and they never see my struggles.
I have never had a hobby or craft of my own, always just going along with others and making do: Trying to find something I enjoyed and was tatented at, that would keep my mind busy.
Then one day I purchased a lathe and I found my joy! When I’m in my little work shop I am at my happiest moments. I found I am pretty good at it too! Then I found Martin’s YouTube channel and I started adding color to my pieces. The gray clouds are less and less, and color is more and more. Some days I go to my real job with color stained hands but that is ok. I look at my hands throughout the day and imagine the unfinished piece I have on my lathe and think of how I will finish it when a return home that night. I found my joy!
I have found a great group of people in the wood working world, always ready to offer tips, ideas and words of kindness.
There is just something rewarding when you take a log and turn it into something beautiful.