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Day 7 of 365
Nicole Peterson


In light of a recent note I received from a fellow DeviantArt user
that took her own life, I wanted to shoot this photo.
The photo itself is not good, nor beautiful, it is only my truth.
She was only 16 years old. So young, with so much time left.
I have lost friends and loved ones to suicide in the past and it
hurts a great deal to see my fellow human beings resort to this.

To the ones who think you're alone, to the ones who think
you're backed into a corner and can never get out, to the ones
that feel lost, or ugly or worthless... do not worry, that feeling
will not last forever. You do have the power to
change your situation, to make the choice to keep moving
forward towards something better. The path might be covered
in thorns or bottomless pits, but you have to fight to stay on
your path. Life is by no means "easy", but hell... it can be
beautiful. And if you fight to keep moving forward, you
will see that beauty. So, Keep going my friends, because I
swear to you, it can get better.

Love,
Nicole



*Part of my "One photo a day for an entire year" Project.
You can follow the progress of this one-year-long project
here in my DeviantArt gallery: monsterbrand.deviantart.com/ga…
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neowkitty Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i used to hav every one in school laugh at me even my so called friends but i was the only one from my true friends that has actually stayed in that school and now most of the school are my friends
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Grandtheftautumn5 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not fair that people are forced to take their life, that they think they're not good enough, theres so many people I wish I could show this too.
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Kelsev Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student
This is so true. Thank you.

My boyfriend, the love of my life was hurting himself before I met him (and a bit into me knowing him). I'm so glad he didn't take his life. He almost did, and I would have lost the most beautiful person I have ever known.
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Photographer
I am very happy to hear about yours and his positive experiences through all of the bad that he had to sift through. I wish you both the very best in continuing to find happiness and in being creative. :heart:
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Convicted-Panda Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Its down the road, not across the street anyways.
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Dreaming-is-Freedom Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
a cause very close to my heart, lovely :)
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Amorphousmorphism Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
(protip)You go up the river.
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Lyla2Neko Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing this with the world, Nicole. It's beautiful.
If anyone want to talk, I'm here for everyone to talk to. I've faught this war. I have battle scars. I understand.
Message me if anyone wants to talk. I'll always listen.
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AmIProdigy Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's powerful.
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Chocolate-Meow Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.
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StarstrikeWolf3 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This came into my life at just the right moment. It just really made me feel better.
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Lyla2Neko Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad to see people helping others. I'm glad this photograph helped, even though it is not mine.
If you want to talk, I'm here to listen. I've been there too. :(
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StarstrikeWolf3 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. And most of all thank you for posting this here.
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Lyla2Neko Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome. I've been going around trying to help anyone I can. I try to be here for everyone<3
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StarstrikeWolf3 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay!
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Lyla2Neko Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes. (:
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RobbieVL Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
What DA needs is a day dedicated to submissions like this. I'd love get on the site one day and see the whole front page covered with messages of hope for those who need it.
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Lyla2Neko Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree!
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Kaltiaem Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This holds a very powerful message that I really love to see here on dA. We need more pictures like this in the community; there just isn't enough.
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dolphintom Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent message .... It is so sad about the 16 year old who took her life. My father also did and I never got over it. Life is very tough sometimes but I strongly believe that we can't quit the school of life early. In every belief system (except for atheism) the taking of one's own life is not looked upon as a form of advancement of the soul but I sincerely doubt that it is as condemning as the Judeo Christian belief states it is. I lean more toward a Buddhist belief that we must come back and learn.
Excellent job.
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MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
To ~Ailiuridae

Of course I cannot speak for all of humanity, for I am only one human being. And I can respect difference of opinion, because we all come from different backgrounds and battles.

Yes, I can agree that many people opt out, do not choose to take their own life, and do not (or cannot) find this beauty, but it still exists nonetheless.

Humanity, as a whole can be a very ugly mechanized beast indeed, but all of its gears are not so (that is my own opinion of course). From your comment you just seem to lump us all into one pile (or perhaps I've misunderstood). This photo is a tribute to small personal human experiences, not every aspect of human existence ever ruminated on (ie. war, corruption, polluting, etc).

As for life getting better, I only share this message because I have personally experienced it. You say that "it is a lie", but I do not know how you can claim another's experience or another's opinion based on that experience to be "a lie." Life is a lot of ups and downs, light and darkness and much gray matter in between.

"we are dust, we are nothing" - Last I checked, dust doesn't have the strength to feel such passion in a message. So, you are much more significant than dust in that sense, no?


Thanks for your message and your thoughts. Cheers.
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Katelyn-Parker Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for sharing this. Your message is so true, no matter how bad things are at the moment you can be sure they won't always be that way.
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Luestefania Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
It is very conceptual, you touched my soul <3
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Ailiuridae Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012
Also far better ways to die.

Many people choose to live beyond those days for many years and do not find that beauty.

An honest eye sees a great deal more ugliness in humanity, a great deal more destruction.

It is a lie to claim that it gets better.
A lie you yourself need to believe, not they.

We are dust, we are nothing.
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Convicted-Panda Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Well aren't you just a happy ray of sunshine?
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