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Freedom From Mental Illness

Photo taken by contributor Danielle who suffers from both mood and personality disorders that often leave her feeling depressed or panicked. She uses art and photography as a part of her therapeutic process, in addition to therapy and medication.

About this photo: “I dream of a day when I can feel free from the chains of mental illness. When I can let loose and have fun as I see others do. Playing, enjoying, frolicking carefree in the sand. Unfortunately, every time I think I’m getting close and I can see that freedom just ahead, a wave comes, knocking me down and washing those dreams away. 

I took this photo to hold on to that moment of hope. The moment before it gets washed away. And just maybe one day that wave won’t come and knock me back down. Maybe.

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23 comments on “Freedom From Mental Illness

  1. sustainabilitea
    April 25, 2014

    Perfect both for the challenge and for what you wish for and work towards.

    janet

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  2. sureba67
    April 25, 2014

    Reblogged this on Journey Of A Nifty Day Trader and commented:
    ### a wave comes, knocking me down and washing those dreams away.

    a wave comes, knocking me down to cleanse me and help me continue afresh with my dreams.

    Great shot. 🙂

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  3. K.Z.
    April 25, 2014

    beautiful.

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  4. Cassie
    April 25, 2014

    This is perfect. 🙂

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  5. Richard
    April 25, 2014

    I have the same problem and totally relate to your words and photo. Well done. All the luck in the world in finding that freedom!

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  6. drew delaney
    April 25, 2014

    The photo is lovely and the word is what many of us would like to feel. Freedom from worry, stress, broken hearts, anxiety, panic attacks, cancer, and so on. Hugs, and hope on, my dear one.

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  7. dianaed2013
    April 25, 2014

    Maybe this message should also be for worn torn areas in the world

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  8. alysonbranscum
    April 25, 2014

    Beautiful photo!!! Beautiful post!!!

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  9. Claudette
    April 26, 2014

    I hope the tide recedes for you, and never washes away your dream of freedom.

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  10. Edgar Fotografia
    April 26, 2014

    We need this in the new Internet laws in Mexico

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  11. Joel
    April 26, 2014

    Where we could all use a bit of permanency and stability, I would like to believe that the shifting sands and fickle tides of life shouldn’t stop us from creating all manner of beautiful things. As you have proven here, in those very moments we have hope and joy, and it is these moments that make life worth living.

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  12. lisathidinh
    April 27, 2014

    you will feel free one day & feel happiness within

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  13. Julia's Fotoworld
    April 28, 2014

    Great 🙂

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  14. galeweithers
    April 28, 2014

    A beautiful photo even though I find the thought sad. I live in Barbados, an island surrounded by the ocean and never thought of the waves I see as washing away dreams but more as cleansing me from all of life’s dirt. Perspectives are indeed everything; thanks for sharing a different one.

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  15. neverclipmywings
    April 29, 2014

    Nothing better than freedom. Beautiful colors in this pic

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  16. elspethc
    April 29, 2014

    Reblogged this on elspethc and commented:
    Another blog found serendipity rules! Spent a lot of this week working on the NAMI BI Summer program here – our aim to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness… start to see some of the creativity also there…

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  17. elspethc
    April 29, 2014

    I reblogged this – creativity and a beautiful shot to show it. Good wishes to you

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  18. asword684
    April 29, 2014

    Beautiful picture and message 🙂

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  19. Paula McLane Jennings
    May 1, 2014

    wonderful photo and I totally relate to those feelings. I remember a few decades back being at DisneyWorld with my husband and young son and he turns to me and says wow in all the years I’ve known ou I think this is the first time I ever saw you have fun.

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  20. Roy
    May 4, 2014

    Beautiful… Reblogging.

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  21. Roy
    May 4, 2014

    Reblogged this on Not the way you see it..

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  22. luro97
    May 4, 2014

    Love the photo and story.

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