Just a quick note to clarify my intent by posting this, I wish to basically start a spot where anyone dealing with any kind of impairment while doing this hobby be it tremors, eye sight, mental health issues like for example PTSD or depression etc where we can all come together and share ideas or tricks we have found on our own would be able to share between each other. I realize that announcing that we may have problems is a difficult thing. I don’t like people seeing my hands for example.
There’s a certain stigma attached to being ill or appearing fine on the outside while on the inside something has happened and as has been already said as we get older some of our parts cease to work as effectively as they did when we were younger.
However the advantage of a forum of this sort is the anomalous nature of it. We can be from different parts of the world, there’s no pictures, very unlikely for anyone to run into someone on the forum at anytime. Everyone has something to provide and no matter how old or young you may be we are all able to learn new things. So my proposal although it maybe in the wrong spot that can always be corrected later by an moderator, we all can learn new things from each other if we are willing. Today we maybe just fine and tomorrow it could all change in a heartbeat.
In my case in 1996 I was perfectly fine and on the job. I responded to what should have been a simple call and in a matter of a few minutes my life was changed by what today is known as a traumatic brain injury the changes came slowly over years mainly temperament but 20 years on that night was to deliver Parkinson’s to a 45 year old cop that couldn’t understand what was happening and then it took another 7 years before we were to find out what and why. Now don’t get me wrong I do appreciate all the kind words that I’ve received today but what happened to me was a risk every person takes every single day. Bad things happen to many good people every single day. I knew the risk when I put the uniform on instead of receiving a fast bullet mine was slow walked into my life it doesn’t matter wether it’s Parkinson’s or a operational stress injury or losing one’s sight slowly all are equally devastating to the individual and their loved ones.
My point is this hobby can be therapeutic if we allow it to be and all of us can benefit from the experiences of others if we are willing to share our little trade craft secrets that may make the hobby that much easier and enjoyable for someone who is experiencing difficulties for whatever reason. From my perspective it’s a worthwhile endeavour to help others just like we teach those new to the hobby easier ways of doing things.
Although I maybe didn’t express my intention as clearly as I thought I would hope that there would be a way for those of us to come together a share our modeling challenges with each other and just maybe learn a thing or two in the process. Hopefully this is the proper area in the forums to host such a topic and if it’s not my apologies and hopefully the admin can make the necessary adjustments to put it where it belongs.
If we give in to whatever impediment we may have then we lose because we give up something that we truly enjoy. At the moment I’m in the second year of helping my son learn the hobby after all isn’t the sharing of knowledge with others more rewarding than just saying screw it I can’t do that anymore because… ?
Anyway I do appreciate all the responses that have been received so far and I hope to at least acknowledge each of you individually as some comments have been quite inspiring!