advice to my younger self

live (as) large (as you want)

unapologetic (unless you fuck up real bad)

do what you want

embody the socratic oath

follow the whispering call of your heart

breathe deep

look fear in the eye, and say hello

don't stand down

stand up

stand for something

for what you believe / value / love

 

passion

curiosity

commitment

an open hear

a strong handshake

and above all,

           the ability to walk a mile

           in another woman's shoes

           no matter what those shoes look like

 

dig deep

into the infinite awakening of your heart

and find

all you ever needed, will ever need

 

exist

in the moment

as much as you can

 

and forgive yourself

when you (inevitably) don't

 

find freedom

in the everyday 

the ordinary

the mundane 

 

AND KNOW

know: deeply, truly, unconditionally, 

that you are not alone

 

no matter how lonely 

abandoned

afraid

wild & dangerous

you feel

you. are. not. alone.

ever.

 

you are wrapped up

in the arms of a universe that cares

for all of us as its own

 

even when hope seems futile

and the tears endless

PLEASE KNOW:

you are never alone.