No need for forced smiles and friendships
when behind those smiles and relationships lies sorrow, guilt and regret.
We wonder at times how the person we are today differs from yesterday
Was it all just an illusion?
A mere figment from our imagination?
We didn’t sign up for fake friends, unfulfilled relationships and expectations.
so what changed and how?
Did we settle for safety and security instead of shooting for the stars?
or maybe this journey isn’t a race and we can be all these things
like being anxious, sad, happy and satisfied all at the same time
and that’s okay too.
I wish to thank my good friend Yiena for this nomination. Yiena is a fabulous writer and an amazing person. I also wish to take this moment and sincerely thank all those who take the time to read any of my work. I’m grateful but I feel even greater joy when I read the works of so many great writers on this platform and who share a piece of themselves on here and add on to the wonderful tapestry that is Life.
- What would you change about yourself if you could?
- If I could change something about myself it would be to strive to be more patient and being able to help others more.
2. What would you sing at Karaoke night?
- As I’m writing this Bill Withers & Grover Washington Jr ”Just the two of us” is playing so I could definitely imagine myself singing that on a karaoke night.
3. What’s your favourite family/ culture tradition?
- My Favourite family or cultural tradition is our hospitality especially coming from an African/Muslim background where charity is seen as really important and the relationships we make and form with each other is sacred and one we really cherish.
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To look for myself in the world
Is a recipe for sorrow, loss and pain
For I can search high and low
Near and far
And never find the person I truly am.
In my haste to chase the silhouette of who I thought I was
I heard a voice echo in my head
“Are you really chasing something you know you can’t see, touch, smell, hear or feel?”
I stopped in my tracks and asked myself
What am I chasing?
What is my end goal in all of this?
In that very moment I noticed a change ripple through my body
A veil being lifted from my eyes
The world and its chaos was a reflection of my inner turmoil
To seek myself in such conditions reflected my ignorance,
But now I know better
What I seek and aspire to be can all be found within me.
Let us not speak love but be love.
Let our actions bear witness to our character and how we carry ourselves.
As humans it’s unfair to box ourselves and set limits to our potential
when our potential is really as limitless as our imagination.
Only we can walk the path that Life has set us on
but what we do while on that path is truly in our own hands.
In time we’ll learn that fate and destiny were merely shadows of our own decisions.
Decisions that ultimately only we can choose.
If loving you meant I had to always give you my all
then my love will never be enough to satisfy you,
and if being with you meant I had to be something I’m not
then the love we share is not love at all.
Love is a word so often used but often misconstrued.
It shines bright and its rays can feel warm and radiating
but if its not mutual and respectful
those rays can be overwhelming and its brightness can be blinding.
Does love really last a lifetime
or rather for only a chapter in your life,
and we revisit on occasions when we reminisce on who we once were.
Is love a reflection of who we are at the moment
and that love can change at anytime?
Are we bound to always seek in others what we can search within ourselves?
Or is our past relationships merely sign posts to signal future partners
where we’ve been hurt or found joy.
In every moment we strive to do better
with every step we hope we are that much closer.
In the depths of our hearts we hold what we deem most precious
to scared to share with the world what makes us smile
in fear the world will take that and turn it to sorrow.
We are more than pieces on a global chess board
and our lives holds more meaning than slaving away for someone’s else dream.
We are unstoppable, unpredictable and unbelievable in our strengths and weaknesses
because no matter what situation we find ourselves in
the chance to change always presents itself.
The battle between idealism and reality
are two opposites that will never reconcile.
In pursuit of an ideal tomorrow
I’ve forgotten what is most important
which is the chance to live for today.
Tomorrow will always be there,
but yet it never gets any closer
and we gaze at Yesterday through our rear view mirrors
in hopes of capturing our former glories.
Maybe the answer lies in the middle
living out our dreams without ignoring the truths of today.
I long for a place that I neither hear, see, smell or touch
yet has captured my heart,
and holds my soul in its hands.
What I seek is akin to a world that is emerging
so full of life and vigor
An innocence so gentle and pure.
A realm of imagination with no limits and no blemish,
and more importantly no judgement
with everyone enthralled with the art of creating,
and sharing with others wholeheartedly.
The shadows of yesterday’s shame still linger today
like a stain that will never be cleansed no matter how hard we try.
Our greatest weakness has always been our fears
and I use to think it was due to fear of failure or expectations,
but maybe our greatest fear is what if we actually do conquer our fears?
What will hold us back from achieving and realizing our true potential.
Does unity amongst all scare us to the point we’ll see ourselves for who we are and not what we are?