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Pariah

Photo taken by contributor Lori Goodwin who has fought a lifelong battle with severe anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. She has had many people in her family also struggle with mental health issues, including a mother with depression; father with anxiety, depression, and OCD; and an uncle with schizophrenia. Three of Lori’s four children also suffer differing combinations of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and/or chronic insomnia. Lori is a long-time single mother who’s had very little in the way of resources except courage and resilience. She feels like a sensitive soul trying to find a place in what feels like a loud, angry, cruel world.

About this photo: “This photo depicts the extreme isolation and loneliness I’ve felt much of my life, as I’ve tried to hide my fear out of shame.

Pariah:
One that is generally despised, rejected, avoided.
Outcast.

Outsider.

Rock-the-dysfunctional-boat rider.

Pariah:

One who speaks
 when no one else will.

One whose fear is great

but whose courage is greater still.

Pariah:

Shut out, cut out, you need to butt out.
Invisible.

Ignored.

Step aside, make way, can’t afford

to be seen with you.

Pariah:

One who is exiled by the tribe

because she told the truth

while they just smiled and lied.

Pariah:

Damned.

Feared.

Baffle-them-weird.

Pariah:

Anxiety.
Integrity.

I, myself, in league with me.

Victory.”

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4 comments on “Pariah

  1. chrisrenney
    April 1, 2014

    Alone but still surrounded by others. A beautiful image which speaks to me.

    Like

  2. Rhys Jones
    April 2, 2014

    Am I the only person who can see a face in this tree? The small white ring looks like an eye, and the tree is facing to the left.

    Like

  3. bluebrightly
    April 2, 2014

    That is a beautiful photo though, and I think it expresses much more than loneliness or being an outcast. It stands strong and there is such sensitivity in those upward-reaching branches.

    Like

  4. cbt4you
    April 9, 2014

    Reblogged this on cbt4you.

    Like

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