I'm at a time in my life where it's become increasingly necessary to 'own' my faults and failures. There are many things we might let go on the wayside as we mature but these don't really go away until we face them and hold them to the light. Unfortunately, that means I have to look blankly into my shadow and converse with a side of myself I'm not especially comfortable with.
I took this picture the other day walking to the shops; I later noticed that, in the harsh light under my deep shadow, the pavement reflected tiny glimmers of light. I need to realise the benefit of looking deep into my darker side to come up with those points in contrast. It's in darkness we see the stars—and sometimes we need starlight to find our bearings.