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Bipolar Contradiction

Photo taken by Abby, a 32-year-old woman from the Bay Area of California who was diagnosed several years ago with Bipolar II, and has fought through addiction. She is happiest when she is traveling, and her favorite self-care activity is taking her camera for a walk and focusing only on what the frame shows her.

About this photo: “To me, this image conveys endurance and acceptance of my own contradictions. I am a Janus-faced creature, sometimes bright green and wispy, sometimes darkly grounded in my skeletal roots. I continue to grow and sprout even as destructive impulses lurk in the shadows. Being mindful of my mortality brings my attention to what is alive, allowing for simple pleasures, even weeds, to convey hope and serenity.”   


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7 comments on “Bipolar Contradiction

  1. Emily
    September 15, 2012

    The weed has so much light!


  2. jmgoyder
    September 15, 2012

    Beautiful photograph and description!


  3. scrapydo
    September 15, 2012

    Reblogged this on scrapydo and commented:
    This is wonderful to see the world like this! Beautiful photo


  4. Silken Photography
    September 16, 2012

    The tenacity of weeds is something to be admired. Lovely.


  5. Chris Breebaart
    September 16, 2012

    Hello, I just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blog Award. I do hope you accept the nomination; check my blog for the requirements and regulations that come along 😉 Chris


  6. kevintheriault1
    September 16, 2012

    Nice juxtaposition of imagery.


  7. Syncopated Eyeball
    September 17, 2012

    Good combination of words and image.


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