Mental Health Journey || Kath, California.

You have to learn how to live with the possibility that the world will end, and that’s OK. You have to be OK with the fact that it’s dying, and the same time, not being OK with it at all, and then still trying to do stuff. That’s a pretty fucking massive mental health challenge, trying to deal with your own world’s mortality.

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Mental Health Journey || Vicky, California

A lot of teenagers are committing suicide, and I think a lot of them are gay. It’s a horrible place, to be where you don’t think you’re accepted. You don’t think you’re as good as anyone, and you’re told that. Not even personally, the message is so overt by the silence, sometimes you never even hear it. Where I came from, it was never spoken of, and that made it a worse thing than it would have been if people were talking about it.

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Ride with Purpose - [PART THREE] Day eighteen to twenty-three || Film and words by Birralee Hassen

Ask yourself, “What in THIS moment, is there for me to worry about?” The answer is always, in this very moment, nothing. By asking yourself this question it brings the awareness back to the present moment, and by being in the present moment it deletes the anxiety that comes from the space between the present and the future, and eliminates the regret or nostalgia that often spills from the space between the present and the past. 

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Ride with purpose - [PART TWO] Day fourteen to seventeen || Film and words by Birralee Hassen

We all know what is best for us. We all know, somewhere within, what works. The issue is being able to remind ourselves of these things in the moments that suck. I did have a moment of clarity today, as I was riding along, thinking that even if parts of today weren’t great, it would soon be over. In the same way that the parts of today, that were great, would too soon be over.

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Forest, families, and a riverine path to happiness || Words and photos by Heather Hillier

It’s Mentawai, you’ve made it, what more could you want?  Have you ever imagined that maybe there’s more to this perfection, that this is not simply a divine paradise made for 2 weeks of surfing perfection?  That even the best lenses can’t make out the sandflies, sweaty jungle, tangled vines, and sharp cavernous reefs beneath all that sickly sweet imagery?  I want to get deeper. 

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Mental Health Journey || Eowyn, Oregon

Basically I got PTSD from those memories coming up, and I couldn’t leave my house, for a while, because it was so scary to go places. I dropped out of school, and I didn’t really know where I was, I felt dissociated, it felt like I was in a dream. That lasted about four years. Sometimes I still feel a little bit like that, but much less so.

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Mental Health Journey || Brad, Oregon.

I think if you think you’ve figured it out, you’re kind of kidding yourself. I came to that conclusion a while ago; anyone who says that they’ve got things sorted - they’re lying! They’re trying to convince everybody else, and maybe themselves. 

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Plastic Free July || Words by Birralee Hassen

With Plastic Free July drawing to a close, my awareness on just how massive the issue of single use plastic in our society has amplified. It’s everywhere. I have tried this month to limit my plastic consumption, and overall I am proud of my plastic free attempt, but there have been times when it has still crept into my day-to-day existence.

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Bye Byron Baes || Film photographs by Birralee Hassen

My last day in Byron Bay, and I took a roll of film of the special people that I was either with, or met up with for goodbyes, or bumped into. In less than 24 hrs I saw so many amazing people. If only I had a photograph of every person who played a special role in my time there. I would have so many photos.  

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