Posts tagged "growing up"
A Little Goes a Long Way

A Little Goes a Long Way

“Please help us help these kids. They are not asking for toys, so assume they are in extreme need.” These words, hurriedly typed and printed to fit atop a small, cardboard box in the employee lounge at my work, hit home. Most probably didn’t see the box. Others dismissed it. I, however, knew from the...
The Needs of the Many?

The Needs of the Many?

    I open my eyes to sunlight streaming through the crack in the curtains and roll over sleepily to check the time on my phone. 10.38. I stare at the number for a second, then my heart drops.
i wear my mother's sadness like a wedding dress

i wear my mother’s sadness like a wedding dress

  silverware clinks and this is the language of our conversation. you are angrier today, fork drawing scars across your plate. i am breathing quietly.  
Illusions

Illusions

My entire life is an illusion. It has always been an illusion. I’ve never been quite right, I’ve never been honest with a single other person. I know I’m young (I’m only 18) but I honestly cannot even begin to imagine a future in which I’ll be out and happy. The future seems so abstract...
The Politics of Preening

The Politics of Preening

  I wear makeup almost every day. When I was in middle school, makeup was a way for me to express myself. Frequently, I would experiment with weird eyeshadow colors and graphic eyeliner. It was fun to me. Now, I tend to default to more neutral, understated colors.
Where Hope Begins

Where Hope Begins

The beginning of hope is an ending. Maybe it’s the ending of accepting the world as it is. Maybe it’s the ending of a bad habit.  Whatever ends when hope begins, it’s a shift that isn’t always conscious. Sometimes it takes time and effort to sort through the feelings that come with change. For some...
Middle School Obsessions

Middle School Obsessions

Illustration by Flynn Bryan.    Middle school is a strange time; the confusing purgatory between elementary and high school— where one enters as a doe-eyed child, endures a few years of feeling through a whole new world of social structures and conventions in this bizarre limbo, and stumbles out on the other side a capital-t...