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Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and painter in her thirties from Northeast Kansas who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “Waiting is the hardest thing for me. Waiting for the sadness to pass, waiting for something exciting to happen, waiting for results of my hard work. I have a friend who says that waiting might be one of the hardest things we face as humans.

Find more from Carrie at her blog or flickr.


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6 comments on “Waiting

  1. lilypup
    February 26, 2015

    Waiting for recovery is very difficult for me. Very nice photography!


  2. justmeme
    February 27, 2015

    I love the waiting quote Carrie. As always, you’ve captured it perfectly and I’m sharing it in my blog post today.


  3. justme
    February 27, 2015

    I love your comments on waiting Carrie, beautifully captured as always. I will share this in my blog post later today.


  4. thewordonthestreetcorner
    February 27, 2015

    Reblogged this on The Word on the Street Corner.


  5. thewordonthestreetcorner
    February 27, 2015

    Thanks for sharing.


  6. Jaeda DeWalt
    October 10, 2015

    This photograph goes straight to the heart, the feelings are palpable. You say so much within this single snapshot. Compelling. Beautifully articulated. This is a tortuous aspect of mental illness and i am so happy you gave it a voice, “Waiting is the hardest thing for me. Waiting for the sadness to pass, waiting for something exciting to happen, waiting for results of my hard work.”<–YES! Learning how to sit in the seat of uncertainty is brutal. One thing, i have yet to master. Thank you for sharing your story, Carrie :).


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