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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 took this photo in Pennsylvania on a hike to Bushkill Falls. It speaks to me on such a deep level. I love the light and shadows, the texture, the tenacity… I think the human heart is much like this tree… no matter how much we go through no matter what comes in and out of our lives we grow…we grow through and around whatever we need to for survival and we learn to be beautiful again…we learn to love again, to live again…”
Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.