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Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a 36-year-old woman currently living in FYROM, Macedonia, serving as a volunteer for the Peace Corps. She is working with a non-governmental organization that promotes women empowerment within the small town of Radovish. Lakesh was in a two year relationship with a woman who was diagnosed with depression. Their relationship was filled with both pockets of joy and memorable disappointments. All of which have completely changed her perspective toward mental illness and relationships. She will always be grateful to her for opening her eyes.
About this photo: “I am not a fan of insects or anything that is creepy crawly. However, when I came across this cocoon of caterpillars, I felt overwhelmed with the sense of wanting to break free. There are some many elements in this world the bind us, from the burden of heartache to feeling imprisoned in your mind. My hope is that one day, I will be able to break free and breathe in the fresh air life.”