We have approximately 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. What are your thoughts mainly composed of? Have you ever thought about this?

Fear. Loss. Gratitude. Hope. Family. Friends. Future. Passion. Career. Goals. Inequality. Character. Death. Money. Food. Health.

These are the very few scattered topics that resonate in my daily life. Lately, I’ve been searching for motivation and positivity around me. I have goals and aspirations but I never fail to feel incomplete. There are so many opportunities in this world. I hope that I don’t look back one day in life and regret not taking the chances that were presented to me. Is there something that you have been dying to do, but have not?

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is the book that I am carrying everywhere with me at the moment. It is a compilation of poems that speaks of love, loss, trauma, abuse, and feminity. Her words resonate with me because it extracts the truths of life and womanhood. There are a few poems that I cannot relate to, but the ones that do captivate me, leave a strong effect on my emotions and thoughts for days. The poem above is the sole reason why I bought the book. Not only do I want to accept and feel true love, I want to spread love around me. Love takes place in different shapes and forms and I want to make a lasting effect on people’s lives whether it be helping them medically or emotionally.

Another one of my favorites is on page 179.

i want to apologize to all the women
i have called pretty
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is the most you have to be proud of when your
spirit has crushed mountains
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re pretty
but because you are so much more than that

THIS. This is everything I believe in. I’ve come to realize that beauty is incredibly important in this day and age. We initially base attraction on how one looks. We compare one another based on our physical appearances. We assign value to an individual based on their physical attractiveness. I am guilty of all of this and I’ve learned that physical beauty is extremely superficial. As cliche as this sounds, I believe that building a strong character and knowledge is what truly matters in life. Having a good heart and mind are qualities that will help you get through life. I want to teach my daughter that physical beauty is only temporary, but cultivating wisdom, kindness, and love can be eternal. It is so important to empower one another, especially as women. Another woman’s beauty should not make you feel threatened or any less of a person. You are beautiful despite the toxic thoughts that tell you otherwise or the false statements you are frequently given. You are beautiful.


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