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Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a 36-year-old woman currently serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her first experience with depression came through a relationship. It was filled with ups and downs, and both pockets of joy and memorable disappointments. The relationship has since ended but that experience has changed her perspective of mental illness. She will forever be grateful for the lessons they taught each other.
About this photo: “The photo was taken at The National Museum of Kosovo, located in Pristina. This motorcycle is one of the remaining artifacts retrieved after the Kosovo War in 1999. This shot represents the beauty that exists within all of us. It is a beauty that we sometimes choose to hide or we have forgotten that exist. Within the shadows of everyday organized chaos, we are all just hidden beauties working our best at succeeding to be our best imperfect selves.“