I feel like a contradiction. They skies are blue and I feel grey inside. The sun shines and I wish it would rain.
Immediately, we heard the bubbling and gurgling of the water and intercepted groups of other hikers. Careful to find our footing down to the edge of the water, we all took our moments to breath deeply and appreciate where we found ourselves. At the top of a waterfall.
Her eyes do not shy away from herself. She has nothing to hide or cover up. She has no shame. She doesn’t scowl with disdain and disappointment because another day has passed and everything has changed.
I am not just sipping on my summer drink; I am sipping on a mentality.
girl i know, you are indeed flawed. and instead of running from it, trying to hide away, cover up, suppress, you are learning to be. girl i know is evolving to the Woman I am.
Now after cooking with it for a few years, I value tofu as an incredibly versatile protein. The spongy-ness comes in handy as it soaks up all the flavors of the saucy goodness one wishes to bath it in. But it took some trial and error to figure out how to make it not only an enjoyable meal, but one I would be proud to share with friends and family.
I ask Thought to be consistent, but never condone the idea that I am something to be fixed, manipulated, or hidden. Be consistent in new ways of thinking. Consistently alter the rooted story that made you so harsh on me, on yourself.
Those people out there cutting through the waves like the fish themselves, DO THAT REGULARLY. A gal who grew up in the tasty fresh waters of Michigan who does a better job of floating on her back than stroking, can’t be expected to see a sea turtle on her first attempt because she can barely get off the shore and keep the salty waters out of her nose.
Along the river, over the planks, down the muddy bits, and through the ferns. With a mile to go, the clouds had lifted, and once again the panoramic views fell before me.
When I turn on the news, it often depicts a world of otherness and violence, of injustice and pain, of fear. I don’t intend to discredit the weight and importance of that, instead, I simply note the lightness there is in knowing the faces of my neighbors. Of looking people in the eye and wishing them a good day. Of having a reason to smile because the man in the gray shirt I see everyday is smiling back.