Purest Little Part of Me

Oh, if only my life was more like 1983
all these things would be more like they
were at the start of me
If my life was more like 1983
plot a course to the source of the
purest little part of me

I don’t have this sort of checklist of things that have to be done, and if they’re not checked, then I’ve failed some part of my feminism or my being a woman or my worth and my value as a woman because I haven’t birthed a child. I’ve birthed a lot of things, and I feel like I’ve mothered many things. And I don’t feel like it’s fair to put that pressure on people.

—Jennifer Aniston

It’s messing people up, this social pressure to ‘find your passion’ and ‘know what it is you want to do’. It’s perfectly fine to just live your moments fully and marvel as many small and large passions, many small and large purposes, enter and leave your life. For many people there is no realization, no bliss to follow, no discovery of your life’s purpose. This isn’t sad, it’s just the way things are. Stop trying to find the forest and just enjoy the trees.

During a particularly beautiful golden hour in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, my sister and I took a moment to practice our passions. Balancing on a raft and a rickety dock, I surrendered to the breath and went through a few of my favorite poses. My sister played with light and composition with her very precious Nikon while we tried to keep the puppies off my mat (unsuccessfully) and these photos were the result.

Hunter S. Thompson quote

Hunter S. Thompson quote

Conscious engagement. Emotional authenticity. Vulnerability.

Conscious engagement. Emotional authenticity. Vulnerability.

Experience is the teacher of man and he will learn from no other.

Experience is the teacher of man and he will learn from no other.

Hearing this made me feel normal.

Hearing this made me feel normal.