Your road to becoming a full time, self supporting, self-employed and financially successful professional artist is probably around 1 chance in 1,000. “Making it” usually requires someone or an entire host of people helping you- believing in you as you take on your journey. As I’ve shared many times my story to photographers around the world- they know my artistic career would not have happened without the undying, unconditional and illogical LOVE and support of my wife whom many of you know is my angel.
To say that my wife, Stacey sacrificed a lot for me is a complete UNDERSTATEMENT. She paid our family bills and financially supported our family not for one or two years before I could “make it” and allow me to find myself but for 15 LONG years. Not only was she carrying the financial burden of our family, she was also struggling with her own “demons” and disappointments too. (www.scottrobertstory.com). Yes, there were many extremely difficult nights of pure frustration when we simply had no answers, at times we were so emotionally bankrupt it was hard quite frankly to keep loving each other or anyone for that matter. As many of my students know, when I get to this point when I share to the class my journey, I often lose it and I start breaking down because I still cannot believe the incredible love my wife has for me. Those deep dark years of loneliness, pain and frustration are embedded in me and every time I share my story, I have to re-live it again and then I once more experience the amazing love my wife had for me and it is still overwhelming, even 12 years later.
However by the grace of God, we made it through and He had a plan for us. There were a decade of dark years in our life and our dreams and hopes where severely tested. As they say, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. Going through such a trying experience has made us so strong I know we can get through anything together.
I’m sure life will bring us many more trials but I just wanted to tell the world how much I love my wife and how sometimes I get all the praise, the thank yous, the accolades, the awards, my 15 seconds of notoriety, etc. but in reality my wife is the one who deserves these small tokens of appreciation and honor.
To My Wife Stacey…
As we today celebrate our 23rd anniversary, I want to say I love you 1000x more than when we first got married on July 15, 1989. I am so blessed to have your love every day and no words can truly express our love for each other so I vow to try to be a better husband and father each and every day so that you can see my love for you, not through words but by the daily things I do. Yes, I am still not perfect and some days I completely fail but I know that you love me and that the slate is clean every morning, what an incredible life I have with you.
“I love you more than ice cream” as our youngest puts it and I can’t wait to wake up every day and take on our journey together, what an incredible feeling to have you by my side every day.