I can look on this positively. At least it's the left eye and I can still create photographs.
However, I can't help thinking, what if it happens to the other eye. What then?
We take for granted what we have, always wanting more and never being thankful for what is truly important.
What am I thankful for? My family and friends. While I am going through this, they have been encouraging and, as usual, have been joking with me to help keep my spirits up. Let's face it, when your friend sends you a new logo of a pirate with a camera and a tag line of "I create arrrr-t," it's hard not to laugh.
Onto my thoughts on photography while I'm going through this:
I've spoken about negativity in the photography community before. Now, more than ever, I realize that we should appreciate what we have and what we can do. Don't pay attention to the nay sayers. Just do what gives you joy because you never know when that will be taken away from you. Constructive criticism is a good thing, but if you just want to create and enjoy what you are doing, then do it.
You cropped the image oddly? So what.
Is your lighting a little off? So what.
Is your composition lacking? So what.
What matters? Do you like it? Did it give you joy? Did you enjoy the process of creating it? Then more power to you and keep at it. As you keep creating things that give you joy, you will improve and develop your own style.
Enjoy what you have, be grateful for what you have, and be thankful for what you have.
Just be you and ignore the rest. If we stop doing what we enjoy just because someone made an off-hand remark or (in my current case) life has thrown a challenge your way, then one day, we will regret not doing it and it's too late to start. You'll look back on your life and wish you did things you never bothered doing just because you were afraid of criticism, or starting something new, of being an amateur, or of doing something challenging.
Don't do that to yourself. Overcome whatever mental hurdles you may have and seek your joy.