I hated that I was raped. My brain did not know how to deal with it so I pretended like it didn’t happen. It was how I coped, and how many women cope.
A lot of what our work is about that beauty and that tension. Trying to find a way, a visual language that gets as close to that real sense of the balance of the potential for beauty and the potential for suffering that exists every single day of our lives. – Frank Diaz
I felt that I needed to do more. If only I wrote more, interviewed more, networked more, and watched Netflix less, then maybe I would achieve things faster. But here’s the thing, what if less is actually more?
Tell yourself, “You’re worth it!” My kids have one mother, it’s my responsibility to take care of myself as well as them. Baby steps, take time for yourself, know you can do it and never give up!
Like so many other people in the world, you changed my life and helped me when my consciousness was shifting. I celebrate your teachings and your amazing transition to light!
How do you even begin to write a letter or put into words how much you love someone? Love is a gift, an emotion, a comfort and something not everyone in this life is blessed to experience from their family. Since I was a child I always knew that before I came to this earth I chose you to be my parents. Although we did not share biological DNA you shared with me your knowledge, compassion, and values, and that helped to weave my spiritual DNA. Unknowingly, you created a warrior.
Sleep enters the room unannounced and leering
Change accompanies it with plans up its sleeve
You by my side with your masks put away
Crawl under my blankets to hide for a while
Ignoring them both until dawn.
I always hear, “women in African countries are being forced to do it against their will,” and I’m like, “Yeah, that’s true but women here also do not make cultural choices in a vacuum and are also influenced by the social factors around them. In fact, it might even be worse because she believes in her mind she is deformed and she voluntarily makes the choice of having the surgery.
Our optimism is vital in overshadowing the fears that bind. It releases the shackles of ignorant bliss—rewiring perception. The perception and belief that this is all that there is. So never dim your light, shine bright as you stumble from slumber. We all will be there to help each other up while whispering in each other’s ears, “You are radiant, never dim your light, shine bright awakening one.”
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