Photo taken by contributor Danielle, a woman in her thirties whose diagnoses include Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Danielle is a freelance writer, photographer, photo editor, and the director of Broken Light Collective.
About this photo: “I’ve been in a very dark place, but I’m ready to do whatever it takes to get better. For my girls. For my husband. For myself. So I’m off again. Off to fight the fight. Off to make a change. We must not be afraid to seek treatment. We must not be afraid to reach out to save our own lives. I’m in a treatment facility and working hard. Please forgive me for the drop in the amount of posts to the Collective. I have limited amount of access to the internet. I encourage all of my Broken Light Collective friends to continue photographing and supporting one another on the site and our social media, and to keep submitting. I promise to post them when possible. I will leave you with this quote from a group I was in this morning. It really touched me and I wanted to share it with our brilliant, talented, fabulous community. I love you all.
Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson
‘Our Deepest Fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not out darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.’“