You know when you’re drowning you don’t actually inhale until right before you black out. It’s called voluntary apnea. It’s like no matter how much you’re freaking out, the instinct to not let any water in is so strong that you won’t open your mouth until you feel like your head’s exploding. Then when you finally do let it in, that’s when it stops hurting. It’s not scary anymore, it’s… it’s actually kind of peaceful.
Believe In Yourself.
If you’re reading this right now, than I just want to let you know to believe in yourself. There are way too many people in this world right now that don’t see how incrediable they are or are happy about who they are. I think its a damn shame that there are people who fall under depression when they do not think their beautiful, talented, or worthy of love and kindness - Especially when the truth is that through the eyes of others, they are that and so much more.
So believe in yourself. Don’t seclude yourself from everyone in the world and let this loneliness consume you during those days when you don’t feel like your good enough. Don’t be embarrassed to show off what your good at or sharing your opinions no matter how flawed you may feel or even when you believe that no cares about what you have to say. Do not allow yourself to be your own worst enemy; and do not let those monsters that live in the darkest parts of your mind win. You deserve more than that.
The worst thing you can ever do is to give up on yourself because you’ll sink deeper into this darkness that will make you blind to how great you really are. You need to know that you are amazing. So again, if you’re reading this, please believe in yourself.
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If grandmothers around the world had a rallying cry, it would probably sound something like “You need to eat!”
Photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s grandmother said something similar to him before one of his many globetrotting work trips. To ensure he had at least one good meal, she prepared for him a dish of ravioli before he departed on one of his adventures.
“In that occasion I said to my grandma ‘You know, Grandma, there are many other grandmas around the world and most of them are really good cooks,” Galimberti wrote via email. “I’m going to meet them and ask them to cook for me so I can show you that you don’t have to be worried for me and the food that I will eat!’ This is the way my project was born!”
The project, “Delicatessen With Love”, took Galimberti to 58 countries where he photographed grandmothers with both the ingredients and finished signature dishes.
He acted as photographer and stylist during each shoot with the grandmothers, taking a portrait of both the women and the food they made for him.
From top to bottom:
Inara Runtule, 68, Kekava, Latvia. Silke (herring with potatoes and cottage cheese).
Grace Estibero, 82, Mumbai, India. Chicken vindaloo.
Susann Soresen, 81, Homer, Alaska. Moose steak.
Serette Charles, 63, Saint-Jean du Sud, Haiti. Lambi in creole sauce.
The photographer’s grandmother Marisa Batini, 80, Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. Swiss chard and ricotta Ravioli with meat sauce.
Normita Sambu Arap, 65, Oltepessi (Masaai Mara), Kenya. Mboga and orgali (white corn polenta with vegetables and goat).
Julia Enaigua, 71, La Paz, Bolivia. Queso Humacha (vegetables and fresh cheese soup).
Fifi Makhmer, 62, Cairo, Egypt. Kuoshry (pasta, rice and legumes pie).
Isolina Perez De Vargas, 83, Mendoza, Argentina. Asado criollo (mixed meats barbecue).
Bisrat Melake, 60, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Enjera with curry and vegetables.
"I am a photographer who knows nothing in photography. I just capture and the results are posted in this canvass.
I am an artist who knows nothing in art. I just create something out of nothing.
I am open for great opportunities for my passion to be turned into reality."
-The Barefooted Traveler