If you have a challenge, take it on. Don't just give up. Try to think of different ways to capture your subject. You don't have to capture them traditionally.
As you can see, I captured my dad looking off into the distance. The viewer may not be able to look into his eyes and make a connection, but they now wonder what he's doing. There's a sense of mystery and intrigue about what is just outside of the frame. The image makes the viewer think.