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Photo taken by contributor Lakesh, a woman in her thirties who serves as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Her first experience with depression came through a relationship. It was filled with ups and downs, and both pockets of joy and memorable disappointments. The relationship has since ended but that experience has changed her perspective on mental illness. She will forever be grateful for the lessons they taught each other.
About this photo: “This photo was taken at ‘The Magicians’ event, a Syfy show that explores the complexities of magic. I stumbled upon these garden essentials and felt overwhelmed with the need for balance and transformation. The arrangement symbolizes my wish to organize my life so that I can move about freely, while the spillage represents my attachments that have been scattered just enough to be blown away or grounded? Perhaps, the real work is accepting that balance and transformation are one in the same.”