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Lines From 1986 (1)
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Today, more than ever before, I love life and that is difficult to do at such a time in my life, with so much unsettled. I feel tenuously poised at times, between what I want and need, and what I can have and what my parents want me to have, and what everyone else wants me to have. But there are so many beautiful people and things in my life to be thankful for and today is as good a day as any to be grateful.

Just to be alive is all!

So much to be grateful for amidst so much struggling with yourself. Even your words seem tentative, as if you feel you should not express something, in case the struggle is discovered. The struggle that seems so immense right now will become even greater in years to come. Your celebration of life itself will carry you through the darkest times. Be courageous and determined in your pursuit of what you want. Don't ever be afraid to ask for what you need. Listen closely to your own voice, that inner essence that whispers in the background while others tell you what they think they know to be true, about you, and what is good for you. The truth is, you know. And yet, there is much you do not yet know. The beauty that exists in your life is there because of the beauty within you. When the ripples finally settle, and they will, you will see your own reflection. And you will like what you see.