Self portrait

“MOTHER Mercy, take my hand. Follow me through this forsaken land. Father Time, return what’s mine. The innocence you’ve stolen from these eyes.”

— Home Is For The Heartless by Parkway Drive

This concept, though thought of in the moment, has come to mean a lot to me. The open sky and flat yet rugged and rocky landscape, to me, represents that freedom. It is a big struggle and only achieved if you fight through your battles. Even if the road is tough, just keep walking and you will reach the sunset. Fight for not just your rights but for yourself. In the words of RuPaul, “if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love anyone else?”

— Self portrait by Charly Walsh, 18.

“MOTHER Mercy, take my hand. Follow me through this forsaken land. Father Time, return what’s mine. The innocence you’ve stolen from these eyes.”

— Home Is For The Heartless by Parkway Drive

This concept, though thought of in the moment, has come to mean a lot to me. The open sky and flat yet rugged and rocky landscape, to me, represents that freedom. It is a big struggle and only achieved if you fight through your battles. Even if the road is tough, just keep walking and you will reach the sunset. Fight for not just your rights but for yourself. In the words of RuPaul, “if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love anyone else?”

— Self portrait by Charly Walsh, 18.

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