choose life.

Choose life
Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares
Choose looking up old flames, wishing you’d done it all differently
And choose watching history repeat itself
Choose your future
Choose reality TV, slut shaming, revenge porn
Choose a zero hour contract, a two-hour journey to work
And choose the same for your kids, only worse, and smother the pain with an unknown dose of an unknown drug made in somebody’s kitchen
And then… take a deep breath
You’re an addict, so be addicted
Just be addicted to something else
Choose the ones you love
Choose your future
Choose life.

progress looks so much like destruction.

This Seattle was not something changed that I once knew. It was a new thing. Set down there not knowing it was Seattle, I could not have told where I was. Everywhere frantic growth, a carcinomatous growth. Bulldozers rolled up the green forests and heaped the resulting trash for burning. The torn white lumber from concrete was piled beside gray wall. I wonder why progress looks so much like destruction.

- Steinbeck

phenomenal woman.

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. 

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   

But when I start to tell them, 

They think I’m telling lies. 

I say, 

It’s in the reach of my arms, 

The span of my hips,   

The stride of my step,   

The curl of my lips.   

I’m a woman 

Phenomenally. 

Phenomenal woman,   

That’s me. 

...

Maya Angelou

euphoria.

“You don't realize how language actually interferes with communication until you don't have it, how it gets in the way like an overdominant sense. You have to pay much more attention to everything else when you can't understand the words. Once comprehension comes, so much else falls away. You then rely on their words, and words aren't always the most reliable thing.” 

Euphoria, Lily King
 

words.

The moment I'm born, thousands utter my name.

Chanted with feeling, a purpose, and a direction.

Sometimes I'm ephemeral,
Here for the moment, gone the next.

Other times I'm entire movements and ideas,
For centuries to come.

I've been here since the beginning of history.
Taking down entire empires and building them from the ground up.

I grow, I sprout, I evolve,
I shift perceptions and they change me.

I add the green to the grass, the gust to the wind
The crinkling of a page between your fingers
The sighing of a soda bottle as it's opened
The hollow feeling you get when you remember a moment long gone.

I make you cry with sadness or laughter,
Fume with anger or ponder in peace.

I am your identity, your purpose in life.

Without me, you're no one.
With me, you're everything you want to be.