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Perfection In The Imperfect

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: “There is something about sunflowers that communicate “hope” to me. I am not exactly sure what it is… Perhaps the way they catch the light with their vivid yellow petals, or their majestic height, the way they tower over me… most likely, though, is the fact that they are undeniably beautiful despite the lack of symmetry. In a world of delicate perfection displayed by most flowers the Sunflower seems almost awkward in comparison yet few would deny that it is one of the most striking and beautiful of flowers. Once again I see perfection in the imperfect…”

Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.


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4 comments on “Perfection In The Imperfect

  1. luro97
    July 15, 2014

    Absolutely love the photo. Very happy that you shared the photo and story.


  2. Emily
    July 15, 2014

    I love this too!


  3. markthegodchaser
    July 17, 2014

    Beautiful photo from an even more beautiful heart. I love you beautiful.


  4. caitlin
    July 17, 2014

    Reblogged this on caitlinjandt and commented:
    The sunflower.


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