I Put Up Walls…You Loved Me Anyway

“And in all my life, I have never felt so beautiful.”

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I built these walls long before you came. Brick by brick, I laid each one down, knowing exactly its design. The foundation on which it was made, I am still uncertain. Perhaps it was the response of a child who had to grow up too fast, an adolescent who never felt absolved from her mistakes; knowing too much of the ugliness of the world too early. And then for far too long, continuing to believe that the world was mostly only ugly, that beauty was few and far between; that beauty was spectacular and rare.

And just like that, I went through life with eyes that glistened in the light, but fell to a deep sadness when the light would flicker, even just a little. Everyone seldom aware of the vast pains that can exist in shining eyes, in warm touches, in polite conversations, and in performances of confidence that…

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30 Things I Am Grateful For Today (And Always)

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1. That humans are a self-healing species.

2. The infinitude of people wiser and more talented than I, because of whom I will always be able to learn more, see differently, understand better, and generally be entertained.

3. That anytime something hasn’t worked out the way I wanted it to initially, something better did. Always. Without fail.

4. My brother. He’s 5, and he fell asleep on me while I was writing this. (I’m with my family for Thanksgiving.)

5. The abundance of foods and cultures and restaurants and diners that exist in my little corner of the world, and that I get to taste a little bit of everything as often as I like.

6. I have never once in my life worried about being too cold in the winter because I couldn’t afford a sweater or jacket.

7. Friends who have loved me more than I loved myself, and who taught…

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26 Things Every Person Should Do For Themselves At Least Once A Year

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5680661094_abd10e5c0e_bErin Kelly

1. Buy yourself a good pair of shoes. A really good pair of shoes. A could walk around the city for 8 hours and feel okay pair of shoes. A matches everything you own real leather well fitted did the song and dance of shopping around and trying on and evaluating style and fit and durability pair of shoes. The initial money you put toward them will actually amount to a lot less than you’d waste replacing the crappy pairs you buy in the interim (and a few extra dollars are worth sacrificing for general daily discomfort.)

2. Write down a list of things you didn’t think you’d be able to get through and then did. We usually just forget about the issues we spent weeks and months and years panicking over and creating our lives around – because they resolve naturally, or end up only having been issues we made up. So…

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Loss at words

I am certainly not good with words but I’m trying, really trying hard to come up with the best ideas I have stored somewhere inside my brain. It has been a while since the last time I wrote up something really fascinating. With that being said, I am now struggling for words, words that will surely draw attention and capture the reader’s interest. How do I even do that? I am not really sure. What I am sure of is that I’m very much willing to learn. Yes, I am new to this kind of thing. Yes, I am an amateur writer. But as they say, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” I will not stop until I find my way and find the right words to say. Maybe not today, but someday.