I believe that I am a fortunate soul…creating art as my “living”.

Sometimes this is a heavy burden to carry.

As I fast approach the one-year anniversary of the first Portrait Biographies™ Interactive Exhibit unveiling my heart gets a little heavy. Many things have changed…yet many remain the same.

Last November, I released this journey regarding the effects of invisible wounds on one Army Special Forces Green Beret. My husband.

 © Portrait Biographies™                                           Journey 1: Reaching For Hope Through the Pain

© Portrait Biographies™                                           Journey 1: Reaching For Hope Through the Pain

Listen to the audio portion of this journey here: http://www.portraitbiographies.com/when-and-where/#journey-1-reaching-for-hope

My desire is for this portrait to help evoke change, understanding and love for those who struggle with Traumatic Brain Injuries, the various forms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the many invisible challenges that active-duty military and veterans face.

The silent struggle faced by so many “quiet professionals” is still very real and painful.

On November 5th, 2015 we will be unveiling a portrait that truly was the most difficult for me to photograph. It was hauntingly similar in emotion to the first exhibit unveiling and it was impossible not to feel all of the pain that was shared one year earlier.

The irony is chilling.

The timing is serendipitous.

The pain is just too much.

The loss is intolerable.

 © Sarah Curry                                                                                                               "Scripts of War"

© Sarah Curry                                                                                                               "Scripts of War"

Today, I invite the “Journey 1: Reaching for Hope Through the Pain” contributor, SFC (R) Gavin S. Goudie, to share an update in his journey.

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As I read this post and look back on these pictures of just one year ago.  I begin to feel a weight being put on my chest, an inability to breath correctly due to what seems like a burden or dislike towards what I am looking at.   My eyes are filled with tears of sadness and happiness at the same time due to the understanding that I am no longer in the darkest of days and that I am still struggling to climb out of the massive pit of darkness I once called home, but…I can see the light and feel the warmth upon my face.  These tears are searing my eyes as I reflect back on the depression and pain I felt every day while feeling so alone and desperate.  The pain from an injury and the anger of having to fight for my health made me tired and bitter toward life.  I wanted to give up, I wanted to let the pain and darkness sweep over me so that I never had to wake up another day of pain.  Today, I still have moments of darkness and struggles that mentally that I can muster through each day.  I do, however, find my mornings filled with light and reason to rise to a daily challenge and for this I make each day about living and enjoying the health that I do have and the strength that I slowly gain each day as I rise from the pits of my my once overwhelming hell.

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I believe that I am a fortunate soul…creating art as my “living”.

Today, this is a heavy burden to carry.

I know Gavin is not alone. I know that contributor #13 is not alone. Yet, I see how alone they often feel…

Do me a favor. Promise me this. Don’t wait. Don’t get too “busy”. Just do it.

Reach out to someone today who you know is struggling. Let them know that they aren’t alone.

They can be a neighbor. A co-worker. A long-lost friend. The woman that bags your groceries. You may only see them on social media. You might only pass them in the halls. Your friendship may be surface.

Be authentic.

Show up.

Reach out.

Listen.

Give.

Share.

Love.

One more favor. Invite them to the next Portrait Biographies™ unveiling on November 5th at 6:30pm at Cottonwood Center for the Arts in Colorado Springs, Colorado. There, they will not feel alone.

Xoxo, Sarah

 © Portrait Biographies™                                           Behind the Scenes of Journey 13: Just A Symbol

© Portrait Biographies™                                           Behind the Scenes of Journey 13: Just A Symbol