Let Your Song Soar

Let go of the things you cannot control

The world is big

But you are a heartbeat

Your only job is to let your own song soar

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Be proud of your own building blocks

Take things one step at a time

Take a breath and be relieved

That all problems are not yours to solve.

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I Don’t Understand

There are a lot of things I don’t understand. I don’t understand power. Why some people want it, why some people have none. The way it divides dreamers, amplifying voices while silencing those who suffer.

I don’t understand love. Why we’re puffed up with dreams of sparkling romance, sheltered from the messy reality–moments of brokenness with a series of crashes and burns on the road to getting one right. No one ever tells you a bad ending can color a whole good beginning until it turns black.

I don’t understand life. The way that we spend so much of our lives caring what other people think of us. The way we spend so much time chasing dreams that were never ours to begin with. The way we internalize images from society of what our kingdoms should look like, only to feel ashamed if our crown is a little tilted.

I don’t understand happiness. It seems like such a frivolous, out of reach concept but we long for gurus to tell us over and over that it is possible if we can just stop chasing it. If we can be present and breathe. But I did my breathing and I danced and felt free, only to be a broken, sobbing mess less than twenty-four hours later. One moment I am flying and the next I am crushed under the weight of other people’s expectations. This human experience can feel like weights, like an abandoned ship, like something that is far too much to handle…

…and I don’t understand it.

Old Dreams

Dust off your old dreams

Take them for a spin

See if you have anything

In common with them again

Turn to your former self

Say, “It is a pleasure to meet you.

I cannot tell you how much

You will grow

And how much you will get through.”

And maybe you will see

How much you have changed

Maybe you will see

How much you have stayed the same

Maybe you will see the ways

Your dreams have been twisted and rearranged

Dust off the past

Then leave it behind you

Your future is bright.

Where your old and new dreams meet

Where you belong comes alive

And that is what guides you.