Love & Lust • We Wait For The Letters

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“The definition of love has misleads us to think, if it’s not dancing in the rain, it’s not love at all.”

You’ll analyze every word they say and the speed in which they text.

You’ll stay up all night wondering where they are and you’ll go to sleep aching, the nights they’re not by your side. The nights you wish you were enough. The nights you’re full of rage and sorrow. The nights you’re punching pillows.

The nights lonely never felt so alone.

You’ll let your stomach knot, when you feel them drift away and you’ll let your idea of love, stand in your way of loving.

For the definition of love has mislead us to think, if it’s not dancing in the rain, it’s not love at all. So, we wait for the letters and the Cinderella proposals.

We wait, and we wait, and we wait.

We wait as we’re left to wonder if fairytales are fables.


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Understanding Life • The Power of Hindsight

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“You must never take for granted the power of a second – or the power of a second chance.”

Your life has played out the way it’s intended to.

The people, the places, and the choices. They were all meant to happen. Every mistake you made was a stepping stone. Every fork in the road was explored off a self-made decision. If you look at where you are – whether it’s good or bad – it’s where you’re supposed to be.

Your accomplishments – be they big or small – are you.

They are milestones in your life. A trophy of your concurs. Proof of your potential.

Although, if your life has gone wrong and disappointment is constant – realization is the bittersweet battle. You now have the power of hindsight. You now have the ability to use your past to revise your future. The ability to use the challenges defeated behind you, to battle the ones ahead.

Unfortunately, hindsight stirs anxiety.

You spend your days left to wonder where you went wrong. What you said in error. The ridiculous regrets that exhaust your mind. You overthink the things you wish could be forgotten about. You think everyone remembers your mistakes without realizing they’re trying to erase their own.

It’s an uneasy circle.

You must choose to take control of your thoughts or live victim to your past. You must never take for granted the power of a second – or the power of a second chance.


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Mental Health • A Life Without Rain

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“It’s not that you want a life without the rain. You just want to know you’re not the only one getting wet.”

You don’t hate life as much as you think you do.

You hate that there are people who make it look so easy. They’ll tell you not to worry. They’ll tell you that everyone has their own problems.

Still – you resent the ones who get an extra Friday night with their friends.

You’re bitter towards the ones who celebrated a holiday with more cheer than you, and the ones whose pictures are filled with more smiles than yours. Of course, they’ve been sad and they understand deep pain, but you still don’t feel like they sacrifice the time that you do.

They don’t understand true sadness.

They don’t take their steps beneath a dark cloud.

They’re hiding a truth you’re aching to know because it’s not that you want a life without the rain.You just want to know you’re not the only one getting wet.


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Mental Health • You Could’ve Outran Your Storm

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” They’ll spend the rest of their lives wishing you could’ve out ran your storm. Wishing you left your shoes in the mud and your problems beneath them.”

They won’t talk about your money, your fame, or your to-die-for looks.

They won’t speak about your designer bag, the shoes you spent 3 paychecks on, or remember what generation iPhone you most recently had. They’ll never mention how ‘poor’ your grades were, or how you always took before ever giving back.

They’ll never remember how you loved wrong before you learned to love right. They’ll never put your flaws before your contagious laugh, or the things you feared before the things you faced. They’ll be broken. They’ll be hurt.

They’ll miss the way you made them smile and the way you made them laugh.

They’ll think of words left unsaid over words that you’d once spoken.

They’ll spend the rest of their lives wishing you could’ve out ran your storm.

Wishing you left your shoes in the mud and your problems beneath them.

Wishing if only they saw you break before you let yourself shatter.

When we love someone who stepped too soon off the sidewalk, who took a fatal trip, or whose life worked against all odds, there is nothing to do but appreciate the breaths they took and the life they lived, so live a great life worth remembering.


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Love & Lust • The Kind of Love We Hate to Want

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“There’s no better time to embrace who you really are then a time when no one has a clue.”

Our teen years fixated on the popularity of the girls with pretty long hair and a tendency to sneak alcohol during lunch. Their jock-like-boyfriends that would bend over backward for the ‘privilege’ to hold their books, and the way they could glamorize their gym uniforms by accessorizing with pink.

It was the kind of love we hated to want. It was enough to change us. It was enough to make us fake, vulnerable, jealous, and dangerously overcome with emotions.

Life is no different than High School.

If you step out of the ‘box’ you’re strange.  You’re different. You’re forced to accept that you’re not ‘normal’ but you’re still not sure that you know what ‘normal’ is.

You don’t. No one does.

No one knows why society made cruel standards to make or break a person. No one knows who dreamed up ‘right’ from ‘wrong’, but the second you believe what they’re talking about is the second you lose what you’re all about.

Eventually, you’ll find out that the girls with pretty long hair are no different than you. They’re people who miss their bed. They’re people who’re tired of hurting. They’re people who waste their days fighting who they are.

The 20’s come with a lot of hardships.

A lot of obstacles we must overcome – but while we’re occupied with the serious problems life offers, we forget to pretend to be someone else. After all, there’s no better time to embrace who you really are then a time when no one has a clue.


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