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Eye of the Tiger

Photo taken by contributor  Tiger Lillies, a woman in her forties from Ontario who suffers from deep depression, psychosis, and agoraphobia, possibly bipolar disorder, all while raising her four and six-year-old young grandchildren. Thankfully she has a supportive partner Rick who helps make daily life with children possible. Her grandchildren, as well as her recent love of photography, have become her saviours and kept her from succumbing to the negative temptations that regularly haunt her. She has tried to commit suicide several times in the past, but thankfully is still with us. Her hopes are to get past her illness, as well as glaucoma, and become a professional photographer.

About this photo: “It took me a week of talking myself into it, but I did it. I walked the babies to school this morning all by myself!!!  To be honest it’s because of two reasons; one Rick wasn’t going to be in town this morning,  and the little ones wanted to go to school. I did ask them if they wanted to stay home, but both refused. 

Another huge accomplishment took place yesterday.  Rick had suggested a nice lunch down by the lake. “We would be taking a bit of a walk and have to go down a few stairs, but nothing too difficult” Rick said.  We arrived at the area to begin what is now a hike and not just a bit of a walk, to arrive at the top of what looked to me to be Mount Everest. There were layer after layer of stairs, open wooden stairs, that showed the mucky ground and dark mucky creek underneath them.  At this point I was beginning to become not so impressed with the man who I could have sworn a little while ago loved me.  It did take me a while, but with shaking knees I walked down ALL the steps.  We arrived at the bottom only to find that the rain the days before had washed the area out and we couldn’t make it to the lake…..So, we turned around and made our way back to the steps.   My body shaking, breath almost gone, and the thoughts that I would die if I had to climb those stairs made me really not like Rick at this point.   I began to climb and climb and climb all the while telling Rick to tell my children I love them, and to remember to feed the cat and dog.  We made it to the top!!   I had done it!! I had lived to tell the story!!  It has been a very good couple of days. Thank you Rick for the push!”

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9 comments on “Eye of the Tiger

  1. Paula McLane Jennings
    June 24, 2013

    stunning photo!

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  2. willheyphotography
    June 24, 2013

    It’s the catch-lights that make it! Great shot!

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  3. Eric E Photo
    June 24, 2013

    Life is full of small steps and moments. Take small steps and capture moments. I think you’ll be amazed at your photography in a short time, without worrying about it:) Keep pushing!!!

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  4. Incredible photo …. very well done.

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  5. gita4elamats
    June 25, 2013

    Bravo! 🙂

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  6. adesina23
    June 28, 2013

    Reblogged this on adesina23's Blog and commented:
    pure look

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  7. silvicreation
    July 1, 2013

    Beautiful shot!!

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  8. smilewanderer
    July 4, 2013

    Wordless !

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  9. whitefeatherfloating
    September 26, 2013

    Gorgeous shot of such an intense animal!

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