Easier said than done but it’s worth a shot, eh?
by Miles Walser
So you were born backwards.
Your heart covers 80% of your skin.
It is huge—and it is fragile.
You don’t know how to chain-link fence your feelings.
You will find your trust abandoned and bruised on the side of the road—
Do not leave it there—
Dust it off and put it right back under your shirt.
If you don’t learn to stop apologizing for yourself,
you will mirage out of existence.
See, someday, that 80% is gonna get you hurt.
You will tell a woman over and over that you love her,
and she will say nothing.
You will sob in public,
and people will just stare.
They will want to carve their names into you
and watch as the pieces fall off—
let them try.
Your heart is a geiser and for that you will always feel strange.
Most people shut down when they get over saturated with feeling;
most people harden into hate
- into indifference -
because the biggest risk we ever take is to love without fear.
You are not afraid.
You are a cathedral waiting to be filled with hymns;
you are an infinite playground;
you are sky-bound and sprinting,
so cover your heart in goose-bump armor.
It will only beat stronger,
Stand up on subways and shout compliments to strangers,
dance, poorly, in public if it makes you feel better.
Love until it hurts.
Then love more—you know how.
There will be days when you’ll wish you were numb;
when you’ll want to rip your heart off your body
and find something easier to take its place.
Collect those days like bricks
and marvel at the buildings you will make.
Stand on top, chest open, head up—
Nobody will ever see the world like you do.
Never try to be better than the best version of you.
You are not perfect.
You are perfectly human.
Maybe strong is just what you have left when you’ve used up all your weak.
“Security camera clips that make the news usually show bad things, but Coke decided to ‘look at the world a little differently’ in this heartwarming viral video. They found security camera footage from around the world showing happy moments: people stealing kisses instead of possessions, dealing potato chips instead of drugs, and offering car assistance rather than road rage.” [x]
So simple yet so powerful. I absolutely love this. Ads like this remind me of why I wanted to go into the ad industry in the first place, though currently in the process of being thwarted by my love for production. We’ll see, I guess. Only time will tell. Haha.
“Prism” by Andrea Gibson
Your throat tightens and your chest grows heavy. You try hard to swallow and you think to yourself how a stranger’s words can be so beautiful, how they reverberate, how they can help you understand yourself better than you yourself are capable of.
(Source: , via itsjubilee)
I would like to close my eyes
if only to hold the thought of you
to the point of breaking
through the bounds of an image.
I hold empty spaces
in my palms, saying, look, here
is where you are, this
is what I know of you now.
I would like to close my eyes,
Your image becomes
a heavy miasma to mark
I close my eyes,
knowing the rupture
of seams, the loudness