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Long Road Home

Photo taken by contributor Teija, a 35-year-old woman from Finland. She suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back together. She found love after getting out of hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed last Christmas Eve morning. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last four years. Before her partner’s accident, she had made up her mind and quit her day job to pursue being a photographer. Now she is drifting, taking care of her man, and hoping that the day will come that she can start doing photography professionally.

About this photo: “This picture means to me that journey we all feel like we are taking sometimes. Life seems filled with troubles and you feel like you could just escape from everything, and after a while you notice that you just want to go back, that escaping is not the answer. Or the journey can be that struggle inside your soul and mind. And after you get your feelings straight, mind is calm, you feel like you have taken the Long road home..” 

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22 comments on “Long Road Home

  1. Paula McLane Jennings
    September 8, 2013

    Great photo! Love the blue tint to the B&W photo.

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    • moodphototeija
      September 9, 2013

      Paula, thank you ❤ I do not often use that blue tint, but it fitted here 🙂

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  2. Bipolar Nana (@bipolarnana1)
    September 8, 2013

    Absolutely beautiful photograph! I know what it is like to love someone who is paralyzed. I was a caregiver to a dear friend, who became a quadriplegic after a card accident, for a year.I know what daily life is like, for you and your loved one. It’s a difficult, challenging, and often heartbreaking situation that cannot be truly understood unless you have experienced it yourself. I wish you love and strength, and please take more pictures. It only takes one photo to see your gift! Peace of Mind & Love to You! Nana

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    • moodphototeija
      September 9, 2013

      Nina, thank you for telling your story, it gives me so much strength to keep going ❤ It is sometimes really hard to even tell and try to explain what all you go through in situation like this. But one day at the time, we try to keep going and hoping for brighter future ❤
      Teija

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  3. M V Schulze
    September 8, 2013

    Nice, powerfull yet simplistic image. Thanks

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  4. Leah Givens
    September 9, 2013

    Beautiful image and wonderful story. My thoughts are with you and your partner, that things will work out for the better.

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    • moodphototeija
      September 9, 2013

      thank you Leah, we try to stay positive, and my partner keeps telling me that he will walk again ❤ He is much stronger than me sometimes.

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  5. thehappyhugger
    September 9, 2013

    Love the image!

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  6. EvaUhu
    September 9, 2013

    beautiful image, just the kind that draws me in… just keep on taking such great pictures! wishing the two of you strength, courage and hope!

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  7. lomoherz
    September 9, 2013

    This is so peace- and beautiful.

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  8. oneobserving
    September 9, 2013

    This is beautiful. You must continue with your photography. I wish you and your partner gentle passage on all your journeys to come.

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  9. aundriaabf99
    September 10, 2013

    Reblogged this on Aundria blog and commented:
    Nice photo.

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  10. Andrzej Dąbrówka
    September 10, 2013

    As long as he guitar is not thrown away, there is still hope.

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