Sometimes we open a book in a coffee shop for a bit of afternoon poetry and are met with our soul. Words propelled by the beat beat beat of my heart, up my throat, jumping straight out of my mouth to settle right there on the page. It’s the only way it can be. For how else could someone I have never met or known see into me like this? Know my experiences and feel my pain and comfort. Witness my growth and speak my lessons. Revel in the sweetness that is mint chip ice cream or a mother’s love. And so is this human experience. Dragged down by a lost dream, we may find ourselves feeling lonely and alone when the truth is just the opposite. Heartache and joy bind us closer to one another and are things no one goes without. We must not close ourselves off from each other in neither our darkest hour nor our brightest moment. Let us share this spectrum of experience hand in hand. Love this full expression of life and ourselves. Gratitude to Rupi Kaur and her beautiful words. They speak to me and of me and for me.
“it has been one of the greatest and most difficult years of my life. i learned everything is temporary. moments. feelings. people. flowers. i learned love is about giving. everything. and letting it hurt. i learned vulnerability is always the right choice because it is easy to be cold in a world that makes it so very difficult to remain soft. i learned all things come in twos. life and death. pain and joy. salt and sugar. me and you. it is the balance of the universe. it has been the year of hurting so bad but living so good. making friends out of strangers. making strangers out of friends. learning mint chocolate chip ice cream will fix just about everything. and for the pains it can’t there will always be my mother’s arms. we must learn to focus on warm energy. always. soak our limbs in it and become better lovers to the world. for if we can’t learn to be kind to each other how will we ever learn to be kind to the most desperate parts of ourselves.”
- Rupi Kaur, from The Sun and Her Flowers