Parents

  They watched you grow from a mere foot long human to a full sized one, and along the way, tried to guide you in the direction they thought best. Perhaps they guided too much, perhaps not enough. But I’ve been thinking about their role in our everyday life a lot lately, and it’s infinitely … Continue reading Parents

Afraid

My whole life I’ve been telling myself, ‘don’t be afraid’. And it is only now that I’m realizing how stupid that is. Don’t be afraid. Like saying, ‘don’t move out of the way when someone tries to punch you’ or ‘don’t flinch at the heat of fire’ or ‘don’t blink’. Don’t be human. I’m afraid … Continue reading Afraid

Naked

It is terrifying to think that one day you will trust somebody enough to let them see you naked. You will undress and remind them that you’ve stretch marks and birth marks and scars from having chicken pox when you were little and scars from all of the other things now. You will blush thousands … Continue reading Naked

A Smile

I’ve always been one for the latest accessories, and when they told me a smile was the best accessory, I knew I had to have it. I spent days and nights painting it on carefully, making it graceful and beautiful, just to keep up with the latest fashion. Even when there were tears welling up … Continue reading A Smile