Photo taken by a 32-year-old woman who suffers from bipolar-related depression and agitation.
About this photo: “When I see pumpkins and gourds together like this, it reminds me of family. Not just because of the holiday, but because they are all different, but somehow work together. I know I am not the easiest person to be around these days. I feel like I am always sad or angry. I do not feel worthy of love. I mean, I wouldn’t want to be around me if I wasn’t stuck with myself, which is why I am surprised that anyone else has stuck with me through this mess. I am amazed and thankful that I have such a loving and understanding partner, an awe-inspiring daughter, a sweet little dog-ter (unless you are a mail person), and a handful of key family and friends who have loved and supported me through the extreme lows and highs of an especially trying few years. It’s through the difficult times when true supporters emerge and the rest all disappear. All I can say is I’m sorry and thank you. My gratitude is beyond words. As much as I think at times that they might be better off without me, I hope between treatments, meds, and doctors, my moods get under control soon so I don’t lose the few amazing people left in my life. A life with people such as these, no matter how few or many, no matter what you do or where you live, is a life worth living.”