Photo taken by contributor Meg, a recovered alcoholic who has discovered not only how glorious life can be, but that everyone can have access to such joy. She has found purpose in supporting people in, not only living lives they love, but in designing the very lives they want to be living. She is a Certified Life Coach and master communicator; an advocate for people’s voices to be heard. She publishes an advice blog,Take It from Meg. She also enjoys spending time with friends and family, particularly outdoors, and especially on her bicycle.

About this photo: “This photograph was taken from the Empire State Building observation deck. There’s nothing like a city street from high up to remind me just how small I am in a world full of egos. I’m not insignificant to many, but I’m even less to many more. Inflated ego is a symptom of alcoholism, among many other things. Remembering that I’m just one of billions is an excellent reminder for me.


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12 thoughts on “Perspective

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  1. I´m thankful I stumbled upon this blog, great work you have here. I think it´s great that there is this type of blog out there for people with mental health issues to have their creative voices heard,photographs seen, or just the education of mental health problems. Schizophrenia is dear to my heart because I have people close to me that suffer from it and is really something not only for the one who has it but the people around. I suffered from alcoholism, can´t say I won the battle, what I did win is an ulcer and my liver ain´t doing that great. So if you reach the goal of opening a gallery in the great NYC, don´t shut down this blog. You reach more people through internet. Stay frosty.


    1. Charlypriest, thank you for sharing with us all. If you ever want to talk about alcoholism, drop me a line at takeitfrommeg@gmail. Good luck, and all my best, Meg


    1. Thank you so much, Maureen. If not authentic and upfront, I’m not much of anything. I try hard to not hide who I am and where I’ve been all in the name of looking good. Some days are better than others 🙂


      1. It’s rather like bereavement; until you’ve experienced deep personal sorrow and lost someone who has held a place deep within your heart, you’ve not experienced deep sorrow. Mental anguish is the same; once you’ve been there, the road back can be very long, and very lonely. For both such sorrows, I would always recommend writing; it is the best remedy there is – so you keep it up.


  2. Yes! And thank you 🙂 This reminds me of an old story that goes around the rooms of AA about how only an alcoholic can help an alcoholic.. A man is stuck in a deep pit and calls for help but no one stops to help, some will look over the edge but no one knows how to get him out of the pit. Until one day another man comes along and jumps into the pit too. The first man says, “Why would you do that?! Now we’re both stuck!” The second man calms him saying, “It’s okay. I’ve been here before and I know the way out.”


  3. Every path of sorrow is a path towards greater strength but sometimes it takes us a long time to discover this. The mind can lead us in many directions and none of us travel the same route. When we are young, there are so many temptations, but as we get older – and wiser – we learn that little things are wonderful too, and the simpler , the better. Uncluttering our minds of the debris by setting our thoughts, even the painful ones, into words on paper or screen, can be a great cathartic experience.


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