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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 adored icicles when I was a kid… I would look forward to the first freeze of the year every year… something about ice fascinated me… it still does. I am not really sure why, but ice just feels mysterious and magical to me. I love the way the ice catches the light, the way it throws rainbows, I love the way it looks like glass and seems so permanent but melts away in the sun… I longed for magic so much when I was a kid – It was my fondest dream. I wanted there to be some way for me to rescue myself…for me to rescue my cousins… to save us all from the pain and fear we were raised in… I wanted some hope of escaping the abuse… Now I look at the ice every winter and smile, knowing I make my own magic. Magic is all around me and it will never leave.”
Find more from Captivating Bitter at her blog.