20 things i learned in 2020
(inspired by shannon barry)
at a moment’s notice, in the blink of an eye, from one second to another, everything can change. there’s no preparing for it sometimes. just accepting it.
being apart doesn’t mean we lack togetherness; there are a multitude of ways to forge connection with someone aside from physically being with them.
it really is the little things -- never underestimate just how healing a warm walk or reading a good book can be.
empathy is still a foreign concept to many so surround yourself with people who care about more than just themselves.
just because the world stopped spinning for a few months, doesn’t mean time stopped moving; the months may have bled into each other but that doesn’t mean we were living in an endless march - october still came and it blessed us with orange leaves and crisp skies. july brought the fireworks it promised it would. december still came with christmas. it may have felt different, but it was still there.
don’t be afraid to stand up when others are telling you to sit down; don’t be afraid to shout when others are telling you to be quiet.
the people in your corner will save you in more ways than one and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be saving them too.
you don’t need a reason to do your makeup or wear a fancy dress. look like you’re going to prom in your backyard, eat mcdonald’s with your face beat. who cares? “just because” is always reason enough.
that thing you’ve always wanted to try? do it. instead of starting your thoughts with “what if i” or “i could just” -- do it. nothing’s holding you back except for you.
the world will turn upside down in more ways than one and you are going to turn with it; all you can do is hold on tight and go with the flow.
it’s okay to be scared, it’d be scarier if you weren’t.
injustice doesn’t stop because the world stopped; hatred will always be loud and ugly and it’s up to us to turn that pain into promise through education and action.
being alone doesn’t have to be lonely. learn to fall in love with spending time with yourself.
we’re all connected in ways we never realized and we affect each other’s lives in more ways than we’ll ever truly understand. we’re all connected someway, somehow.
just because it seems like everyone else is hustling, doesn’t mean you have to as well. move at you’re own pace.
don’t stop taking pictures just because things are ugly now; one day, you’ll look back and be glad you did.
we haven’t lived through a chapter of a US history textbook -- we are still living through one. just because the page is turning doesn’t mean everything is changing. be patient.
you’re allowed to just be. you’re allowed to just exist.
don’t stop chasing happiness just because it’s harder to get a hold of.
keep trying. keep fighting. keep loving. keep living.
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tales from the disney princesses
a kind heart like yours
is a gift more precious than gold
but keep in mind not everyone’s intentions
are as pure as yours
don’t confuse her hateful speech
as motherly love or sisterhood
just because they are your family
doesn’t mean you are their property
your silence is not your consent
and if he twists your lips into an unwitting “yes”
coat your lips with poison
and show him what that mouth can really do
you can make the seas tremble
with how loud you can speak;
don't let anyone
steal your voice
she found herself
while lost in a world of fiction;
she survived reality
because she lived in fantasy
she, who knows her worth
is a force to be reckoned with;
the tiger can never be made to believe
it is only a helpless kitten
the next time he tells you to “man up”
remind him that true strength
comes from within
not from what’s in between your legs
she doesn’t wish on shooting stars
she is the shooting star
she shines so bright
and makes her own wishes come true
don’t throw your hair down for just anyone;
it’s easy for them to get to the top
when you’re the one doing all the work.
someone who cares will show you’re worth the climb
you are an entire snowstorm
in a single snowflake
you can be both
annihilating and soft
part i / part ii / part iii / part iv
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