Substitutes for honesty

Are glaringly inadequate.Forced relationshipsBorn out of neediness;Enormous family riftsThat grow with every passing year of noisy conversations that reek of the unspoken conversations underneath;Entire careersBuilt on the back of proving a point.When we fail to be honestWe benefit our delusionsAt the expense of who we really are.Here we are no longer real peopleWith real hopes […]

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1992

What makes a life worthwhile?  The chances we get  And the choices we make  The people we cling to  And the ones we leave behind The times we were certain of our abandonment  And the moments when our good fortunes seemed inevitable. 30 years ago  Countless little miracles  Were set in motion  That made my […]

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Intellectual Ancestors

More than any book we’ll ever readOr talk we’ll ever hearOr degree we’ll ever earn,The people we journey withWill have the greatest impact onThe frame of thought we inhabitThe things we createAnd the people we become along the way.Conversations and revelationsTight hugs and heated argumentsWordless tears and overcooked discussions-These co-sojournersThese interlocutorsThese intellectual ancestorsWho help us […]

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The problem with living in your head

Mostly comes whenYou’re the only one in there.Indulging your own insecuritiesObsessing over your own shortcomingsSpending all your thinking capitalTrying to fill the black holeOf self-affirmationSelf-angrandisementSelf-coddling.But there are few better placesThan a mind that is hellbentOn a holy cause,Grappling with the lives of othersCommittted to their goodThinking deeply about what freedomMight look likeOn the backs of […]

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Long roads

At some point you realizeThat those are the only roadsYou have left-The one without guard railsOr dry runsOr pit stops around every corner.Becoming wholeDoesn’t happenJust because we are aware ofOur need for it.It is a roadThat must be walked downA destiny that demands to beContested for.The best version of ourselvesWill be excavated from the dirtNot […]

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Own two feet

We don’t need othersTo end up face first on the floorWe can land up thereAll by ourselves.Other people cannot beHeld accountableFor the poor choices we make.It is our own feetThat need strengtheningOur own soulsThat thirst for redemption.Rather than searching high and lowFor a world that doesn’t offendOr temptBetter to find enough lightTo keep your feetFrom […]

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The quixotic ones

Deserve more than our eye-rollsAnd shakes of the head.They are more than cautionary talesAbout what happens when you aren’t practicalMore than the butt of jokesAbout over-achievers and glass-half-full parodies.If it wasn’t for their dreamsWe’d be doomed to live in a worldOf non-alternativesWhere injustice is acceptedAnd mediocrity is expected.Surely, cynicism can’t jade us all?Until we live […]

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Moon shots

Aren’t about reaching the moon.They are about leaps of faithAnd the places we land afterwards.They straddle the thin line betweenBrilliance and stupidity,They are the stuff of the visionaryAnd the delusional.They get you into troubleAnd they also take you places.Sure, reaching for things that you perceiveTo be beyond youOpens you up to failureAnd even abuseBut it […]

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The work of becoming

  It’s one thing to do a mighty exploit  To thrust oneself through the air  And land at a place  Better than your current station In part by sheer will In part by pure luck. It’s quite another thing to  Become the kind of person Who frequently takes leaps of faith, Who has trained their […]

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The promise of change

Is often more potentThan change itself.Those that promise us thingsCan hold significant power over usAs we wait with baited breathFor the unseen future on the horizon-Will this really change our lives?What will it be like in the promised land?Is this what we’ve been waiting for all along?Promises are often more potent than final productsBecause they […]

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