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Please welcome first-time contributor Heather, a woman who struggles with depression and anxiety. The overwhelming cycle she experiences of unpredictable triggers and ensuing hopelessness is countered by knowing beyond any doubt that she is loved and supported by family and friends. Living in a new city with so many new things to see and many new friends is giving Heather the opportunity to rediscover herself.
About this photo: “This beach is where I feel most at home, where I feel the safest. Whether I’m there alone, with my best friend -as in this photo- or with my family, there are memories that stretch back as far as I can remember and new memories made with each visit. It is the one place I can let go of all the depression, anxiety, stress of any kind and for a peaceful while, be a happy little girl again. The beach changes every year with the shifting of the sand bars, with more or fewer or different kinds of seashells, starfish, toe-pinching crabs and mysterious, curious seals. Yet it remains the same safe and comforting place which says to my spirit, ‘Listen to my waves. Breathe the fresh, salty air. You’re all right.’
This photo reminds me that I am never really alone.”