Books have always been a part of my life. My earliest memories are of my mom reading to me. There was something about the way she read that made everything come to life. I loved being curled up in bed with her, looking up at her as she read the words out to me. Words I couldn’t see, but words I could feel. I could be perfectly safe with her next to me while my imagination would run wild. I think that’s where my love of reading began.
If you feel pulled to be a certain person, play a specific role or define who you are, remember this simple thing: You can be both. You can be all. The dichotomy of two opposites can exist within you and be simultaneously expressed. Your desires and fears can coexist and equally make you who you are. You can be both. You can love something fiercely and not fully understand it. You can be book smart and not street smart. You can be into science and have a creative edge. You can have a wild heart and still be afraid to take the first step.
This year has been the year of self-work and self-growth. Being in school was like hitting the pause button on life. Mind you...life still went on whether I liked it or not, but in most aspects, I could put everything on the back burner. Now that school has been over for a year (!!), it feels like "real life" has finally begun.
I can’t even count the number of times I have heard people express how overwhelmed they get about social media. Frustrated and worn down by the pressure to fit the mold. Tired of being inundated with images of “should bes” and “have tos”. Feeling that being "positive" means slapping a smile on your face and throwing an inspirational quote on your feed. If you can relate to any of this then my dear, this post is for you...
Self-love is a beautiful thing. It's powerful, it's comforting, and it exists within you. It does not need to be validated. It does not need to be given. It's already yours. I'm always encouraging self-love, but instead of rambling on about it as I usually do, today I decided to give you a taste (literally) of my world.
Sometimes I wonder who each of us would be if we were inside out. If we couldn't hide behind layers of clothing or makeup or false personalities. If our souls and hearts were what we led with. If beauty was felt before it was seen. If we all just were our truth...
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I have an interesting relationship with time. I tend to exist on both poles of the time management continuum. On one hand, I am hyperaware of my schedule, I am extremely organized when it comes to deadlines and my calendar app is my best friend...
Reflecting on a whole year can be quite difficult. It's hard to remember and sometimes, reflecting is just... intangible. So why not let it remain as such? Change can be subtle. Change is usually a slow process. And change can be just for you. Trying to make it more tangible can often cause it to lose its magic. And what's life without a little bit of magic, right?
This book is all my loves wrapped up into one beautiful package. It is the book that not only satisfied my craving for a consuming story but also brought me to a new world that I have never had the honour of experiencing.
When I sat down to write this, I had no idea what to say about my birthday. Usually, I write what I feel. But this time, I found myself searching for ways to describe how I feel. So instead, I'm going to write a letter. A letter to "26". Here it goes.