22 minutes ago
I want for you to know that I see you. You are important and valid. Stand up, please my friend. I can’t watch you fade into the background. You, my shining light, were not meant for that. You deserve more. You are not the sum of your mistakes. And you are certainly not the words of hurtful people, though you believe and carry it all. Forgive yourself. I understand you. I will not judge your decisions, the battles both internal and out. I will be here, holding space for you, while you do what you need to. And when you make strides forward, big or small, we will stop and appreciate how far you’ve come. You don’t like to stop, you can’t. It feels like going backwards. It scares you somehow. But we must at least pause long enough to celebrate you. Ok? You were once so frightened, homeless, without the means to change. But you are such a fighter, stubborn and strong. You worked and fought. Your days of not knowing are behind you. You changed that. You. If only you could see what I see. You are spectacular. And now is your time to step forward and shine
For a dear friend. I love you xx
Photography by flarephotographyanddesign
Please continue to follow nathanspiteri and I on a visual journey as we raise awareness for domestic violence and abuse through our project Paper Boat Days. A story of two survivors. We share these stories not to attention seek, but in an attempt to help others. So they may feel less alone.
Supported by Australian of the Year and fierce domestic violence advocate Rosie Batty.