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Photo taken by Jim, a man from Texas who has struggled with depression for much of his life.

About the photo:

Sometimes Struggles are exactly what we need in our life.
If we were to go through life without any obstacles,
It would cripple us.
We would not be as strong as we could have been
And we could never fly.
So next time you are faced with an obstacle,
A challenge, or a problem,
Struggle a little- then fly.


“I sat in the comfort of my rocking chair under cover from the heat. At first the noise distracted my escape of morning reading and meditation. But then I looked into all the racket, and found that the perfect image of struggle was across the street rather than in my own head.

We all have struggles. It is personal and as big or small as we make it, but we must move on past the dust and disgust.

You will have struggles on your journey, that is how you grow.”


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53 comments on “Struggles

  1. Emily
    August 19, 2012

    Thank you Jim

  2. scrapydo
    August 19, 2012

    Reblogged this on scrapydo and commented:
    This is so true and well said.

  3. photokd
    August 19, 2012

    Nice picture! :o

  4. Northern Narratives
    August 19, 2012

    Very true.

  5. Marco
    August 20, 2012

    You hit the nail on the head there!

  6. Developing A New Image
    August 20, 2012

    Thanks to all for their kind & encouraging words…..shalom en theos……jim

  7. Mikalee Byerman
    August 21, 2012

    What a BEAUTIFUL image and message — so full of symbolism yet inspired by reality! Congrats on the Freshly Pressed nod … well deserved… :)

  8. theuphillstruggle
    August 21, 2012

    “So next time you are faced with an obstacle,
    A challenge, or a problem,
    Struggle a little- then fly.”

    That is exactly what my blog is about :)

    A beautiful post. Thank you.

  9. Read my Mind
    August 21, 2012

    Without struggles life would be too easier.

  10. thirdeyemom
    August 21, 2012

    Amazing! So happy to see Broken Light Photography freshly pressed! I love this blog and am happy to also contribute my work too. :) Beautiful post and thanks for the words of wisdom!

  11. paulworthingtonjr
    August 21, 2012

    Thanks Jim for the reminder. Great post and congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  12. mariameskraus
    August 21, 2012

    OMG amazing post, luv it :)

  13. monalisasurvives
    August 21, 2012

    I suffer from bipolar disorder, and photography and pictures are a form of therapy in some ways. I really enjoyed your blog – keep up the good work. I will make sure to visit your page more often. Please visit for information and disease prevention and healthy food and drink recipes.

  14. marialla
    August 21, 2012

    Thank you for the very telling picture and the wonderful, poem and quote. Struggles and mistakes – these are our best and truest friends in growth. Thank you for the reminder!!!

  15. patricemj
    August 21, 2012

    I love this blog, so glad it was Freshly Pressed!

  16. shermangerherd
    August 21, 2012

    Reblogged this on igatherum and commented:
    Struggle to struggle, be a Marine!

  17. naturephotorehab
    August 21, 2012

    Excellent photograph. Profound. Thank you

  18. Maria Fitzgerald
    August 21, 2012

    As someone who’s suffered from depression, this is a pretty good picture of what it feels like! And, yes, it’s important to remember that there’s value in the struggle, it’s not for naught.

  19. Karen
    August 21, 2012

    LOVE !!

  20. OneWeekToCrazy
    August 21, 2012

    Absolutely incredible…that photo is wonderful!

    Courtney Hosny

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  22. Developing A New Image
    August 21, 2012

    I would never have thought that an image that I took from my front porch would strike such a chord with so many folks…..that is lifting me more than any of my meds ever have. I feel so validated by all you good people. Let’s all keep up our private battles against all that attacks us……….we shall overcome…….shalom en theos….jim

  23. nigeil
    August 21, 2012

    This is so encouraging for someone who has a family member who struggles with this.

  24. susielindau
    August 21, 2012

    The prose are as beautiful as the photo!

  25. liv
    August 21, 2012

    ‘But then I looked into all the racket, and found that the perfect image of struggle was across the street rather than in my own head.’

    Thank you. This is just the type of post I needed to read from someone other than myself. I am going through some struggles of my own and keep chanting to myself that “obstacles are good, obstacles are good.” Yet, sometimes, it’s just not enough to tell yourself this. It’s good to get out of your own box and realize that others are struggling too.

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  27. airknee
    August 22, 2012

    Reblogged this on airknee and commented:
    life will be dull if we don’t struggle for it…

  28. neopanerohit
    August 22, 2012


  29. xenogirl
    August 22, 2012

    What a moving photo and post… thank you. As someone who has struggled with depression much of her adult life, this was very inspirational.

  30. Katie
    August 22, 2012

    Beautiful and telling image; thanks for your post.

  31. Untitled Adventure
    August 22, 2012

    Yay! You’ve been Freshly Pressed! Well deserved.

  32. Home Inventory London
    August 22, 2012

    Love the photo and the message that follows it!

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    August 22, 2012

    Reblogged this on NICSISTA and commented:
    Through struggles we become better at handling problems and being ourselves.

  35. Leisure Time
    August 22, 2012

    Without struggles we can not reach our full potential.


  36. Riza-Arief Putranto
    August 22, 2012

    I like your post, awesome

  37. shuangoiadept
    August 22, 2012

    Amazing my dear !! :D
    This was so inspirational…! And the photo was grandeur to watch..!
    Thanks for such a post…! :D
    Cheers! :D

  38. aquariosa
    August 22, 2012

    Thank you for sharing. ^^

  39. TheGuyLeftBehind
    August 22, 2012

    Liked. A very great blog! Thank you for this!
    Please try visiting mine too!
    I would appreciate it a lot. Thanks! More support.

  40. TheGuyLeftBehind
    August 22, 2012

    Reblogged this on TheGuyLeftBehind and commented:
    Never give up, just continue going and you’ll make it to the end! ;)

  41. David
    August 22, 2012

    So wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

  42. Washington, DC
    August 22, 2012

    This is simply amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  43. Venu Manthena
    August 22, 2012


  44. Venu Manthena
    August 22, 2012

    Reblogged this on Venu Manthena.

  45. transitionscoachingcayman
    August 22, 2012

    Great photo and message. It is so true that struggles make us strong, it’s just such a shame that they have to be…well, …such a struggle.

  46. charmaine151
    August 23, 2012

    Reblogged this on Facets of Life.

  47. touchyfeely
    August 23, 2012

    Reblogged this on Touchyfeely’s Weblog.

  48. The Lioness
    August 28, 2012

    Struggles do suck…on the other hand, life can be grand.

  49. flyinggma
    September 16, 2012

    Love the photograph as well as the thoughts. Jeanne

  50. charlieray45
    September 16, 2012

    Reblogged this on Charlieray45's Blog.

  51. Laurie Merritt Photography
    September 17, 2012

    I just shared your lovely site w/ my FB friends. These are lovely, poignant and thought-provoking words and photos.

  52. Ian
    September 29, 2012

    Powerful image. There’s a sense of being caged in. Great site. Amazing project.

  53. lylekrahn
    October 1, 2012

    Great combination of image and inspirational words.

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