This has been a project I've been working on (off and on) to work out some emotional kinks that stemmed from childhood. There's a number of subtle symbols I could explain, but to explaining all of them would lead to a lengthy novel. I also am of the opinion that my sad childhood is not worth retelling. So this picture and short explanation is all you get.
However, this piece is intended as a way to encourage hope to others (not just myself). A very important lesson I have learned over the course of my life is that every bad thing that has ever happened to me, even the most brutally breaking of experiences.... had something good come of it. Be it a lesson, greater understanding, developing communication, etc. Each lesson from trials/tribulations brings understanding that helps shape you into the person you are today. That is the "Gift from Adversity".
So I leave the top 7 symbols:
1. Broken Figure: Representation of my childhood self, enduring pain and trials. Broken. Worthless. Even wanting to fade into the background...which is a common way for a young child to express suicide or death of self. Trying to repair ones self.
2. Dull background: Representation of outlook of life. Bleary. Bleak. Void of vibrancy. Lifeless.
3. Vibrant colors: Good life shaping experiences that redefine myself. Good things such as laughter, humor, looking at the bright side of life, etc.
4. White tears: Truth about pain. Instead of concealing pain, feeling free to let it flow openly.
5. Black- Dark gray water: Accumulation of tears I've cried. No, seriously. It can also be a representation of stress or how easily waves of depression suddenly hit out of nowhere. At this particular time, everything is pretty peaceful.
6. Black Cracks: Worthlessness creeping in everywhere, like a noxious weed. What breaks the heart, also breaks the mind.
7. Small white light (girls chest): Symbol of faith, even if it's small like a mustard seed.