This is my dream.
Wanting to wake up early in the morning rather than having to.
Fluttering my eyes open casually at the end of my 4th or 6th REM cycle…sunlight filtering in through the shutters onto the sheets.
Grabbing my favorite coffee/tea cup and waiting for the sweet aroma of golden liquid to drip.
Sitting comfortably and leisurely at my desk, sipping the sweet, earthy flavor and letting it feed my inspiration and creativity…knowing that I have inspired and helped others.
My dream is to follow my passion and to wake up next to the one that I love everyday.
Now that I have it so vividly in my mind, I feel that it’s a reality that I can now create and mold to my liking. <3
When you realize in perfect succession, how each little step and instance in your life has led you to your passion. When for so long your path was not clear, and had so many forks and obstacles…Everything that has happened and will happen makes sense now. All of the puzzle pieces have clicked, snapped, and connected together. It’s time to take action! No matter how many doubts or fears you have that keep bubbling in front of your vision, attempting to dissuade you…they’re knocked down by your incredible vigor! Everything happens for a reason, and things that are meant to happen, will ALWAYS find a way. So now it’s up to you. :) <3
When I think of protests, I think of these images.
Nonviolent resistance. Sit-ins. Rallies. Marches. Picketing. Making love, and not war. Standing up for what you believe in. Influencing everything –the music, TV, film, literature, art…
That’s how real change is sparked. How you inspire millions to move together for a cause.
Anti-war, women’s rights, civil rights…Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, Bob Dylan, Gloria Steinem, Bob Marley…all of these movements and their leaders ignited real transforming action. They influenced an entire generation to take charge and make a difference –peacefully.
Looting and violence is not a protest. Combatting brutality and violence with aggression only creates more hostility. This is not how change happens. Violence produces more violence and bloodshed.
Take note from those that came before you. Realize what succeeded and what did not. Research and get inspired. There’s a better way to create change.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” – Gandhi
I believe that I’ve taken for granted how lucky I am to have been able to grow up the way that I have. My family has always instilled a great education of sexual female health throughout my life. I think it probably helps that my sister is an OBGYN as well. :)
So when I come across others, especially women, that are completely unaware of their various birth control options, how their bodies work, & particularly how important gynecological visits are, my passion for women’s health & feminism is only ignited more brilliantly.
Our society unfortunately does a very good job at keeping women in the dark about their sexual health. The reason being is to control women’s lives & to do this, it is necessary to control women’s reproductive options. Thankfully there have been numerous outlets & resources created to combat this problem. However, I have come across far too many younger women that are sexually active, yet have never even thought to go to a gynecological exam. Yes, this has a lot to do with confidence & respecting your body, but this is also a clear representation of the way that young people are being taught about their health options. Too often this topic is glazed over, missing information, & especially introduced as a shameful subject.
All various sexes & genders should have full control of their own bodies, access to reproductive education, options, & services. This is first & foremost a matter of basic human rights & bodily integrity. Yet, if our institutions & society negate these needs, it is ultimately our responsibility to educate ourselves & others. Start a conversation! Use the internet as a tool! Actually walk into a physical bookstore! Talk to your friends, your doctor, your family. This should not be a disgraceful or shocking matter! And this change of perspective begins with each one of us!
(photo found on pinterest)
“I didn’t always know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be.” -Diane Von Furstenberg
And oh what a last few weeks it has been. In my class, our teacher had us complete a ‘healthy body image’ activity. The questions asked were:
‘How do you see yourself in the mirror?’
‘How do you feel about your body?’
‘How do you feel in your body?’
I didn’t even need to contemplate my answers. I swiftly wrote down, “I see myself as a very beautiful and confident woman; I believe that my personality shines through in my own appearance.”
So many of the young adults around me had such difficulty writing their answers down. It was surreal seeing my younger self in them, scrambling to piece together their insecurities into coherent sentences. I suppose I’ve taken my great confidence & assertive personality for granted. I had never visually witnessed the great depths of my progress from a young adult into a 29 year old woman. So many of my experiences over the last 10 years have shaped & molded me into the person I am today. Yet, sometimes others, particularly women, receive my poise & confidence in some way threatening & intimidating. This response has absolutely baffled me, but I’ve found that how we treat others is a direct reflection of how we feel about ourselves. When someone is insecure & uncertain in themselves –envy, resentment, & anger arise. If we do not value & admire ourselves, how can we respect & care for anyone else? Simply be the incredible, & extraordinary person that you are. Perhaps you are meant to remind others how to love themselves as well. <3