The following comes from a personal diary I wrote on January 4th, 2018.
“Now, before I start this journey, I should keep in mind that any kind of self-healing and self-understanding process takes time, courage, effort, and lots of nerves. But there is no reason to punish myself if I don’t make it tomorrow, in 20 days, two months, or not even in three years. The only important thing is that I’m ok with it.”
I’m Okay With It explores themes such as the psychological constructs of ego and low self-esteem, anxiety caused by expectations of our surroundings and society in general, and balancing intimate thoughts and real-life responsibilities. We deal with all of these things at some point in our lives, usually when we are actively taking part in our own process of growing up. This photo essay is a sort of a “key” to handling all of these challenges—just say the following: I am totally okay with it. I can do whatever pleases me and feels comfortable. I really don’t have to be dressed properly to cook or to go out to satisfy my friends if I want to lay in bed and scroll through Instagram.
As long as you know where you think you might be going, everything is really gonna be okay.
All of the photos are self-portraits.
Ting Ting Chen