Day 66/365 ~ Just like the Butterfly, I too will Awaken in My Own Time

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February 6, 2011.

Thank you so much to Lita for the testimonial! :)

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Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

If you haven't heard of this, you might want to click and read it. :) The Butterfly Project

Rules of The Butterfly Project: (can be found on Tumblr)
1. When you feel like you want to cut, take a marker, pen, or sharpies and draw a butterfly on your arm or hand.
2. Name the butterfly after a loved one, or someone that really wants you to get better.
3. You must let the butterfly fade naturally. NO scrubbing it off.
4. If you cut before the butterfly is gone, you’ve killed it. If you don't cut, it lives.
5. If you have more than one butterfly, cutting kills all of them.
6. Another person may draw them on you. These butterflies are extra special. Take good care of them.
7. Even if you don’t cut, feel free to draw a butterfly anyway, to show your support. If you do this, name it after someone you know that cuts or is suffering right now, and tell them. It could help.

So.. cutting.
People cut because the physical pain is a distraction from the emotional and mental pain they're going through. The pain on the outside they experience diverts their attention. Cutting is a form of escape because it numbs them.
It is an escape, but it is only a momentary one. Meaning, it does not last.
Cutting does not make the pain go away.
It may seem like it does, but the pain will always come back after a while.
Instead of reaching for a penknife.. why not reach for something, or someone, that can help you?
You know that so many people love you, don't you?

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  1. J'adore Je t'aime 50 months ago | reply

    Where do you get all your brilliant ideas from? :)
    I really love how fairytale-ish this is. <3

  2. Catarina's Alter Ego 50 months ago | reply

    Oh my, this is magical:)

  3. Nicole:HearMeRoar(: 50 months ago | reply

    my friend told me about the butterfly system before. he doesn't cut or anything but he's seen people with them drawn on their arms.

    I think it a great idea to help those self inflicting pain stop hurting themselves.
    you have the best photo ideas ever.

    plus this is edited beautifully. I adore it to bits<3

  4. Light In The Air [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

    why are you so amazing?? that idea is incredible. and i love the editing here, it's so colorful. <3

  5. nicole ∆ 50 months ago | reply

    so magical! :)

  6. SemiCharmedLife (☯) 50 months ago | reply

    ahhh so very creative!

  7. E v i e J a y e 50 months ago | reply

    this is soooo amazing!! O.O

  8. Happiness.Is.You. 50 months ago | reply

    ohmygoosshhh this is so amazing <3

    and i love the project. it sounds.. amazing. just simply wonderful.
    i think its a great way to help people to stop doing self harm.

  9. Ashley Elaine. 50 months ago | reply

    this is absolutely beautiful, and the butterfly game sounds wonderful.

  10. HFDLfotografe{Copyrighted} 50 months ago | reply

    On the last I've known the temptation. Instead I began a Gothic novel and killed people and that was my release. Seriously. That was during brest cancer scare when I was very angry and very frightened.

    Thought of you yesterday as I waited at spa and read a magazine that had article on bullying gays as in parents should enforce "no tolerance" to any sort of bullying but may also need to examine own selves there. Sadly I don't think those that do read these articles, Amanda.

    Beautiful creation. I want to get some nail stickers with butterfly and then gasp! I may post nail art again, :)
    I do love butterflies though.

  11. ayeme thong 50 months ago | reply

    Hahah this manipulation is amazing! You're so creative!<3

  12. t1nytr0n 50 months ago | reply

    Dreamy ! Sweet ! Wonderful !

  13. Alyssa Zoé Amaro 50 months ago | reply

    Everything about this, is perfect♥

  14. Jake`s Photos [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

    bEYOND beautiful!

  15. empress jacqueline ♛♫ 50 months ago | reply

    oooh! this looks SO cool! I love the butterflies :) and the rainbow sky!

  16. Lita Ludji 50 months ago | reply

    This is suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper ! wow wow wow :O I have no words to explain how cool this is

  17. y2-hiro 50 months ago | reply

    Wonderful seascape !!
    Sweet imaging, Amanda.

  18. ArtstageAsia 亚洲艺术舞台 20 months ago | reply

    I m a butterfly designer....
    I have used my butterfly to help a friend to recover from a near death sickness!
    I put it at the coffin when friends pass away!
    I decorate two karaoke club with dozens do butterflies, etc..,
    It is also a butterfly project I engage for years, since the creation of my unique butterfly from ground zero:)
    I like your work!!!!

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