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Shoot For The Moon

Photo taken by contributor Tracy, a 31-year-old woman who lives with her husband and 9-year-old daughter in Glasgow, UK. Tracy has struggled with anxiety and depression for several years. She worked as an office assistant but was signed off work due to mental health issues. She deteriorated even more after that, with time spent in hospital, going to see counsellors, and lots of medications, with various side effects. She decided that she didn’t want to live like that anymore and she wanted to make her daughter proud of her, so she pushed herself to go back to college where she chose to study photography. She quickly realized how much she loved every aspect of photography. Although she still has very dark days, she continues to push herself and carry on doing what she loves.

About this photo: “I’ve been quite ill recently and not been making many images. The moon looked so beautiful on this night, I had to capture it. I took this from my back yard. It gives me encouragement to keep going. It reminded me of a quote by Norman Vincent Peale. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.

Find more from Tracy at her websiteblog, and Facebook.

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