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Tracy Whiteside

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VEILS OF MELANCHOLY

We hide so much from the world.  Sometimes we just want to disappear.  And people will let us.   We don't speak up for ourselves.  We don't go places.  We sit quietly in a meeting or in the classroom. 

But then what happens?  Our self-worth begins to disappear as well.  Our energy sags.  We start that horrible self-hate talk.  Things just get worse from there.  I know how hard it is to pull yourself out of that black hole.  But you are valued.  You are worth it.  People don't hate you.  They are just too worried about themselves to notice you hiding.  Do you feel their pain?  Come out from the veil and greet the world.  We are here for you.

Veiled woman with eyes closed to block out the world
Melancholy woman with magic markings masked in a veil
Mysterious woman hiding from reality
Heartbroken girl with stoic expression covered in lace to suppress her feelings

Tracy Whiteside

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Women are rarely one thing or another.  They cannot be categorized or labeled.  A woman can be anything and everything at any given time.  Within are the secrets that they keep.  The world is full of monsters with friendly faces and angels full of scars. We never reveal, even to our partner, every hidey hole where we tuck away the bad stuff.  What would happen if everyone removed their mask and bared their soul to the world?  This is about what we hide from the world and how it twists and turns us inside.  No one knows the real you.  No matter if you were “popular” or hid in the bathroom at lunch, everyone has insecurities.  Moments that haunt us.  And it hurts regardless of who you are.

Hiding inside, watching life pass her by. She does not want them judging her.
Frightened by every thought. She jumps at every sound. Paranoia may get the best of her.
Wanting to escape reality. Doesn't know how.
Depression sucks the energy out of her. Some days she can't stand up.
Falling into the darkness. In slow motion.
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