Photo taken by contributor Jim, a man from Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.
About this photo: “This image was made in 2013. So much has changed since that time. Amongst the little things, there were some big ones; we retired, closed our photography business and then in less than a month after that we moved 600 miles across Texas due to the need to be closer to family.
I do not do well with change and I did a lot of what the s*&t were you thinking. I have been in a state of sinking deeper and deeper. Then last month the older of my two dogs, Clovis died. I wish I would have gone with him. I see him everywhere, I still think he is here and then reality sets in and I am without my best bud, my confidant, my friend.
Like a lot of us here we lean very hard on our pets for comfort and support. It is like someone pulled the plug and all life has drained from the tub. I put my cameras away the day Clovis died and try as I might, have not been able to pick up a camera.
I still have my other dog Grace and she is working hard to fill the hole in my heart, but it’s a large hole and is going to take a lot of shovelfuls to fill it. A load of work for a deaf dog with a bunch of her own issues. She too is working as hard as she can.”
Find more from Jim at his blog.