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Till Forever Runs Out


Photo taken by contributor Teija, a woman in her thirties from Finland. Teija suffered from a severe depressive episode at the age of 25, which turned into psychosis, and led to a three month hospitalization. Fortunately, she got better quite quickly and got her life back on track. She found love after getting out of the hospital. Her life changed drastically when her partner was paralyzed in December of 2012. It has been hard ever since. They are both fighting to keep from getting too depressed. Life goes on and they try to stay strong. She has been interested in photography for many years, but began actively exploring it over the last five years.

About this photo: “I have had this feeling for some time now, that I am missing my life…that my life is soon ending, and I haven’t done anything. You know that feeling? Like you are living someone else’s life. I think it is part of my age crisis, but actually when I really think about that, I have had this feeling many times in my life. I can remember that feeling even from my childhood and especially from the teenage years. It is really sometimes distressing. But I think it is partly a way to escape from your problems, sorrows… that you imagine a time/place/life where you should be and live.”

Find more from Teija at her blog.


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8 comments on “Till Forever Runs Out

  1. frankaz2000
    March 7, 2017

    Teija what a great B/W composition of a young lady!

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  2. siddiebowtie
    March 7, 2017

    “I have had this feeling for some time now, that I am missing my life…that my life is soon ending, and I haven’t done anything. You know that feeling? Like you are living someone else’s life…”
    I feel this way often….depression ( and other mental illness) takes big chunks of your life away which you never get back. Then you hit a certain age, and you begin to panic: time is running out, and you haven’t yet done all those things you thought you would have done by this age. You feel you’ve nothing to show for your time on the planet. Of course, this feeling might happen to a lot of people..but it’s not a great feeling.
    At least creative endeavours are a great way to express the emotions, as well as create something positive out of them. I like to think of it as some sort of emotional alchemy 🙂

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    • Moodphototeija
      March 14, 2017

      It is not a great feeling no, but yes that is good thing that we can create something positive out of those emotions and feelings ❤

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      • siddiebowtie
        March 16, 2017

        Definitely. It’s something i’m very grateful for . It’s nice to have something to show for it all…

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  3. Trini Lind
    March 7, 2017

    I adore this photo! 💖. And I adore Teija too! I have been following her photo blog for some time now. She is an extraordinary photographer and a beautiful person. What I love about her photos is how poetic they are, the tell a story about emotions and feelings, it is like looking at a painting painted in the expressionist style, you instantly feel something. 💖. And that, to me, is true art! 💖

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