You do not have to be good

"You do not have to be good.

You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.

You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves."

-Mary Oliver


I think it is safe to say that in the year 2015, we are considerably blessed. Historically, freedom of thought and freedom from basic needs were nonexistent. We now have the capacity to do what we love; we get a chance to dream. With the Technological Age in full motion, we are able to think and create things that we didn't have time to before. In the past, it was easy for things to stay the same, but if you slow down in 2015, the world will most surely pass you by. 

This is a very touchy subject because there are many people who still go to sleep hungry, and even more people who wake up without jobs. I am so internally conflicted, even while writing this post, because of recent (and historical) events in America. All of the death, violence, oppression, greed, and hatred; it is all so scary, and so real. How can I write about something in a positive manner when it seems like we have so far to go?

Perhaps we need to shed some positive light during the dark hours in order to remember our humanity, to remember what we are fighting for. If it was all dark, what would be the point? With all this in mind, there is still no denying that this day and age has brought opportunities to many of us that mankind has never experienced (at least that we know of).

So today, I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given to reason, dream, and imagine. I am thankful for the opportunities to be creative, explore my boundaries, and do what I love.

Even more so, I respect these opportunities and see them as a responsibility. I have been given these gifts and they shall not go unused or used in a way that only helps myself. It is my responsibility to love and care for others while exploring who I am and my place in the world.   

Till next time y'all, 

CPIII


 

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