reluctant warrior

I wasn’t going to post today but then this arrived in my in-box and I just had to!

Not only is it from Carrie Hilgert (and my other favourite blog, Broken Light) whom (and which) I talked about yesterday, the title of her post/picture is one I can truly connect with.

You see I too am a warrior at heart; and sometimes I am reluctant to be one and other times, I want to be one! But a warrior, nevertheless, I remain,  And just between you and me, I wouldn’t have it any other way. So to all of YOU warrior spirits, you know who you are, keep going, keep persevering, you brave, BRAVE, souls!

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In the meantime, enjoy this:


Photo taken by contributor Carrie Hilgert, a photographer and painter in her thirties from Northeast Kansas who was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder. After venturing into digital photography, she became interested in documenting her life with self portraits. This became particularly helpful when her life started to fall apart due to depression. All her other creative outlets left her, but she could always process her very dark feelings with self portraits. While she is doing much better now, she maintains compassion for those going through these hard things and hopes that her photography can give an honest insight into something that makes most people feel very isolated and alone.

About this photo: “This is from a series I did expressing my urge to fight and be strong. In the midst of all the stronger images, this one emerged and struck me as one that is probably more true than the rest. The hesitancy in finding that warrior. The vulnerability in taking a risk. Is this who I really am? Will I be laughed out of town? Will I be spotted as a fraud? These are the voices to fight against.”

Find more from Carrie at her blog or flickr.

Reluctant Warrior.


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I'm a woman living in London and this blog captures what lands within my sight and connects with my psyche. I expect it to evolve naturally. It is a place I shall visit from time to time and where things that I am touched by deeply will find a soft place to land. As a psychotherapist and a continuing student, most of the articles you shall find here will somehow, in some way, be related to therapy and well-being. I love comments, so feel free to add yours, whenever and however. I wish you well.

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