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  • aoking submitted a contest entry to Group logo of Why do you love yourself?Why do you love yourself? 1 week, 4 days ago

    Dear Self,

    It’s been hard,
    such is true and certainly
    nothing new.
    Through
    it all, we get complimented
    for being strong, resilient
    fighting the struggle
    and remaining resistant
    As a “Strong Black Woman”
    who’s had enough of it
    Well, I love you
    for your ferocious grip
    on peace and play
    Your insistence on
    Loving the tiniest things
    of the day like
    breakfast outside with
    S’mores and a chance to
    cosplay, everything whimsical
    Mermaids and mushroom
    circles. Rest. Feast. Taking
    time to cook, and eat
    For fighting to keep
    the inner child alive, intentional
    Happy and contentment
    that strives to seek out
    the pleasures
    Money can’t buy
    A joy well nourished and kempt
    cannot be made to die.
    I love your artistic
    spirit and inquisitive mind,
    Your thirst for knowledge
    and insatiable curiosity
    Determined to live and witness
    so much of what you studied
    and turn concepts into reality
    Your ability to make lush
    pieces out of simple moments
    and resistance to simpleness
    Shameless cringe,
    proudly extravagant
    (even though you
    need to overthink less)
    Realism and universal
    consideration
    self acceptance
    And allowing yourself to love,
    be loved, believe in better
    and shed bitterness
    Casting a thorough, positive attentiveness
    on the people around you.
    Keep growing
    Keep doing
    Keep learning
    Keep living
    And I’ll reinvent
    my thank you

    Voting starts April 16, 2024 12:00am

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  • Nothing

    was my resolution for this year,
    at least the most public-facing
    awkward disheartening and uninspiring
    response, painfully clipped for the
    question that I dreaded
    and hoped to avoid.
    Giving glitz to my hopefully mundane Monday
    sitting in my dad’s living room
    for the only holiday we promised to him year after year
    secretly too excited for the celebratory sips…
    and every one in-between
    Listening to his fiancée excitedly answer
    this question for herself with pristine palatable promise
    teaching her graduate classes staying true to herself
    and making measurable progress
    I…was desperately shying away from this year.
    Cowering in the reality of all the
    time that had passed. Running from the
    truth that now another graduating class
    could toast its glass
    and the word “just” had to retire in a tired slink
    before I scramble to explain the limbo
    of “What’s going on with me?”
    Lagging, lacking, looking
    I was supposed to, so supposedly set up for
    so much, so many saw and swore I’d soar
    like the bubbles in my drink
    Now nothing.
    While I dared not utter it
    and draw attention to my unimpressive flailing
    My true hope for this year, was for an end to the waiting
    To begin my life and actual Post-Grad Living and
    wake up excited instead of no more than
    at peace with how I’m living,
    with kind of valid work connected
    somewhat to what I enjoy doing
    To be able to picture the future. Being able to see something
    Sometimes it feels like it symbolizes no
    longer existing
    But this year I will walk away certified
    learn the law of language and the art of icing
    and placate the inner child
    who sought peace these last few months
    In the most mundane of things,
    an opportunity to dress in costume,
    a sip of boba tea, the chorus of a musical piece
    My goal for this year is to see the other end
    to thrive, reminisce on the strife and how impatient
    I was for a change in my life
    chuckle lightly about my dramatic theatrics
    And relish in the fact that after all,
    I survived

    Voting starts March 15, 2024 12:00am

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    • First things first, this is well-written! It’s a great piece! Secondly, it sounds like you are really hard on yourself. I can tell because I am the same way. You don’t need to figure out your whole life right away. Take one day at a time. Be patient with yourself. Sometimes you got to go after what you want and other times you have to be a little…read more

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    • First things first, this is well-written! It’s a great piece! Secondly, it sounds like you are really hard on yourself. I can tell because I am the same way. You don’t need to figure out your whole life right away. Take one day at a time. Be patient with yourself. Sometimes you got to go after what you want and other times you have to be a little…read more

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