Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Photo taken by Bipolar On Fire, a woman in her 40’s who lives and works in Boulder, Colorado. She has Bipolar Disorder and Depression, as well as Fibromyalgia. It is a great struggle for her to work full-time and has been for a while. She works as a System Administrator, but will hopefully be leaving the corporate world soon and supporting herself through her art. She passionately loves photography, writing, and music, and her many other creative artistic endeavours (sewing, decoupage, jewelry making, batik, screenprinting, and singing). Her aim in life is to create beauty and bring joy to the lives of others through her creations and words.

About this photo: “What is this thing called Contentment?  So many times I have felt ambushed by fear, anger, sadness, or anxiety.  Lately I have felt Contentment creep in out of nowhere.  My God, WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH CRANKY?  It’s about damn time I get a good one creeping in, even if it scared me and made me think I might be manic!  I’m feeling really optimistic.  I’m energetic.  I’m getting up before the alarm.  This fine-ness is foreign to me.  I say “thank you” to the feeling Gods for this little love ambush.  I’ll take it!


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7 comments on “Contentment

  1. yiyime
    January 15, 2013

    Thanks for sharing . This type of awareness is very important as we learn to understand the nature of this devastating illness and develop ways to improve its management.


  2. Emilio
    January 15, 2013

    Good for you – i wish you many more “love ambushes”.


  3. sarahjunebug
    January 15, 2013

    I do this too – overanlyze emotions, energy, every little change in my Sarah-wind. It’s lovely to feel better without it turning into a mania. I hope you find success in your artistic endeavors! 🙂 I like the peacefulness of this photo.


  4. J. E. Lattimer
    January 16, 2013

    Hello- Just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for “Blog of the Year 2012!” Keep up the great work & enjoy the day! 🙂


  5. Carolyn Hughes
    January 16, 2013

    Beautiful 🙂


  6. meredith
    January 16, 2013

    I am sooooooooooo happy for you.


  7. bipolaronfire
    January 17, 2013

    Thank you for all of the love and light-filled words. I am filling up the love-ambush bank! It is bulging!


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