Three weeks after I tattoo’d a declaration of self-love on my hand, I came to the crucial realization that while devotion to loving myself is necessary, it wasn’t a cure-all to live happily. My life’s story so far has been largely characterized my compassion for others, but finding that balance has oftentimes been a challenge.
“You say you love me, but I know what you mean. You’re thinking of me, but who knows who you’re really thinking of.”
My first couple weeks of working and living in Portland have been nothing I expected, but everything I’ve needed. I’ve learned quickly that there are many lessons you should know to maneuver the adulthood sphere that we were never taught in school.
From a young age, we’re conditioned to believe that being an adult isn’t enjoyable. As we progress into adolescence, we savor our youth to numb our sense of inevitable aging. We joke that we “feel old,” but we focus on the negative lights on our naive faces, avoiding the acknowledgement that this moment is the youngestContinue reading “Accepting Aching Bones”
The following is the letter I gave to Lady Gaga when I met her on my birthday, February 26th, 2016. Some personal details are taken out, but if you were curious as to why I love her so much, this should provide some insight.
The first four months of living in Portland, upon reflection, felt like a grueling detox that I wasn’t quite prepared for.
For countless years, I’ve sought to find the sweet balance between genuine self-love and congruous self-expression. As of late, I have felt smothered by an imminent pressure pushing me to discover this increasingly necessary harmony.
Love is a concept that people of all ages struggle to define. Many will marry without being certain of what it is, others may pass on never knowing it, while some rest their hearts certain that their lives were graced with love. In an attempt to deter young couples from becoming just another Taylor Swift ballad,Continue reading “Three Words, Eight Letters”
Two days ago, the United States of America’s election shocked the world. The ripple effects since have echoed across every corner, leaving millions feeling confused in the disarray. In wake of recent events, it has not been any surprise to me to see people hugging and crying on the streets, at bars, or even atContinue reading “Reflecting and Looking Forward”
Your body can be utilized as a channel to express a message. Maybe I’m just a Journalism nerd, but I think this form of communication is powerful and vastly overlooked.