Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences with mental illness were a catalyst for her to discover her creative and spiritual gifts. She is now on a positive journey of wonder and change, using those gifts to help others.
About this photo: “When I was a kid there was a continual warning to not get too big for your britches. Fuck that. Playing small serves no one. Stand up straight and claim your place on this earth. You are made of love and that shit isn’t going to stay crammed inside you much longer.”
Find more from Carrie at her website.