Growing Up (Part Three) by Keren Chelsea

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dear twelve-year-old me,

depression is an eating thing / it’ll turn you into somebody you don’t want to be / it is not soft or lovely / or poetic / there is nothing beautiful about the pain that comes with this / but please do not fall for what they say / when they tell you that pain is the only thing you’re supposed to feel / please do not fall for what they say / when they tell you that sadness is all there is


you’ll make it





Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetKeren Chelsea is a nineteen-year-old Filipina residing in the Philippines. She writes about love and depression–and rising from these.



Amanda Mabel
 is a fashion and portrait photographer living in Sydney, Australia. Originally from Singapore, she moved to Perth in 2011, then Sydney in 2012. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) (Honours) at the University of Sydney. In her free time, she loves taking photographs, travelling to beautiful places, and drinking tea. She also happens to blog for Vogue Australia Spy Style. She maintains a website at and can be found on:  Instagram  Facebook  LinkedIn  Pinterest  Tumblr  Bloglovin Flickr.

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