It’s summer and that means time outside. It also means using sunscreen and being smart about your sun exposure. I came across this video and it was so moving. My mother-in-law has had surgeries to remove melanoma from her leg. She takes extra precautions now when she is outside. She has told me that when she was younger she didn’t think anything like that would or could happen to her. Don’t we all?
When I was younger I didn’t think about skin cancer….that doesn’t happen to people like ME. Well, yes, it could. It happens to young people all the time. When you are young, you think you are invincible…and the reality is that you are not. So, here is my letter to 16 Year Old Me….
You will want to protect your children from harm and you will want to be there for every milestone they have. You will want to watch your children grow up and start their own family, and then hopefully you will still be around to see your great-grandchildren too.
You will be the one documenting your family, but don’t forget to be in the picture every now and then too. Remember to take time out to tell people that you love them. Remember to say I love you before you hang up the phone.
When you are shooting outside, make sure you keep sunscreen accessible, even in the winter months. Yes, you remember those sunburns you got from being outside on those sunny and cold days! Wind burn + Sunburn = PAIN!