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Photo taken by contributor Captivating Bitter, a woman in her thirties who has struggled with anxiety and depression for most of her life. She has survived emotional abuse, sexual abuse and rape. She has survived suicide attempts and years of self-harm. After wandering her way through life unable to trust and barely feeling alive, she is now fighting to live a healthy life. She has been reading, journaling, blogging and working hard to heal. She is finally taking care of herself and starting to feel better.
About this photo: “I feel like I am steadily climbing my way out of the darkness. This photo is from Phinizy Swamp Park in Augusta, GA – taken a few weeks ago. I went hiking alone and had this feeling that I was going to see something wonderful…I kept looking around every bend for some fantastic view or some amazing animal to photograph. It was nice to have that steady feeling of hope and expectancy. I did not come away with some fantastic story – but I did come away with a feeling of peace, which is rare and wonderful indeed.”
Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.