"Be the Change you wish to see in the world" -Gandhi "I will be a Hummingbird, I will do the best that I can." -Wangari Maathai "Where stereotypes begin with a grain of truth, cliches begin with a boulder" - George Watsky "And she's gonna learn, that this life will hit you - hard - in the face - wait for you to get back up just so it can kick you in the stomach, but getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs, how much they like the taste of air." - Sarah Kay "Do not fear what has blown up. If you must, fear the unexploded." -Suheir Hammad


Most of us have to gift of hearing. To take sounds from the outside have them processed through our ears and into our brains in a fraction of a second to a familiar sound. But have you ever actually listened. When you hear rain, do you listen to how heavy the raindrops falling are, where the condensation is coming from or going to, the cries of the people who need the rain more than you? When you hear a gunshot, do you listen to the family crying for their loss, or the other family of the shooter crying for theirs? When you hear a person talk, do you listen to the deeper meanings behind it, to their troubles, their joys, or their confusions? If we all listened instead of heard, imagine the wave of humbleness that would come over the human race. The next sound made, try actually listening to it. As I hit my keys, I here the years of designing, digging for metal, careful placement, and time spent on the technology underneath my fingertips. The next person who talks to you, really listen to what's going on.


How do you deal with anger, when it's towards someone you do not want to hate. The disappointment becomes small burning inside your chest, but this burning should not be underestimated. The small burning is the start of a fire. A fire of lividness is one that should be defused immediately. But how do you deal with this small snake awakening inside you. 3 serpents tangling around each other. All three named revenge, deception, and disappointment. You want to express how hurt you are, by sending it back in larger portions. Especially to the ones you love. You give them chances, over and over again, wanting to trust them. Wanting the best. But how do you handle the knowledge that it won't change? Especially when it's because the other person refuses to change. How do you change the unchangeable? Change yourself? That seems unfair. Why should you change for you, when you're not the problem? Do you change their surroundings? But then they are not happy. You just want them to change on their own. You want the unobtainable. And so to answer my previous question, you simply leave them. Let them change on their own. Don't force your wants, but don't put yourself through it. Simply leave them be. Maybe that's what they wanted all along.