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Climbing Out Of The Darkness

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.


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10 comments on “Climbing Out Of The Darkness

  1. Bijit Dutta
    May 20, 2014

    amazing photography


  2. inspirationsofapril
    May 20, 2014

    Beautiful journey & powerful photograph. Please continue posting. I had similar experiences & photography helps me see the beauty in the world. Blessing to you!


    • captivatingbitter
      May 21, 2014

      Thank you! I don’t know what I’d do without my camera…it helps me see the world for the beautiful place it can be.


  3. Paula McLane Jennings
    May 20, 2014

    I love your photo and the feeling of peace it has.


  4. markthegodchaser
    May 21, 2014

    Gorgeous photo that makes me want to be there at that exact moment in time as well enjoying the release and tranquility of God’s Smile too


  5. luro97
    May 21, 2014

    Outstanding work! Many thanks.


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