Aspiring writer. Interests include: psychology, romanticism, nature, science fiction, and spirituality.
"One Size Fits All" Isn't The Case.
One of my favorite "emo" songs is "Puzzle Pieces" by Framing Hanley. It is an anthem I know well and is a truism for many of us at various points in our lives. There is always somewhere you won't belong even if you force it. The idea of a "One Size Fits All" or "One Size Fits Most" when it comes to life just isn't the case, and it is time to break that stigma. It may work for hats, but life isn't a hat. Even with hats, we all know someone with a big enough head no hat can possibly fit. (I'm talking about ego here.)
The Chest's Contents
A foreboding noise came from the locked chest. Though ominous, it made a familiar, comforting sound like a long-lost timepiece. Such ancient technology shouldn't be running at present, right? Very few things were running at all anymore, after all. Yet the chest pounded once more, "tick tock, click clock." The owner recalled a fable she heard as a young child, the story of Pandora's box. She remembered the woman who unleashed the demons into the world. She often wondered if that was her ancestor. Old sayings like, "curiosity killed the cat" were found in what was left of old literature books she noticed scattered in crumbles of buildings. She often wondered if those were true literary novels or the crumpled remnants of a note one wrote to their child or partner in hopes of keeping something secret.
Summer: The Season of My Father
A wistful memory of one I hold dear Summers in the hayfield with my father Who lived his life without fear Many summers passed happily together
My Little Gemini
A Gemini named Leo is he. An amalgamation of joyful things. Does he have two sides? Yes, extreme he can be. But both sides are incredible to me.
Season of Growth and Change
This season will be full of growth and change for Dear Gemini. You may have a new addition to your family in the form of a sibling, pet, child, grandchild, in-law, or friend. You may find yourself developing new interests, discovering interests you didn't know you had, or reinvesting time and energy into the things you once loved. This is a time to shift priorities, focus, and discover your inner self. You will come to a place in your life where the opinions of others won't matter as much as they would have previously. This may be a difficult thing for you to realize. The process may be time-consuming and painful, but it will be for your own long-term benefit. While you may make gains in many areas, you may experience loss in others. The additions in your life will find a way to make up for the subtractions. The items or people you lose will be worth the trade. This will be an unpredictable and tumultuous time, but there will be a part of you that embraces these changes. In embracing these changes, you will grow and improve. In the future, you may even look back on memories of this time with fondness as it will be the time that changed the direction of your life for the better. Like the two sides as the pairing of a Gemini, growth comes with change, and with change comes growth.
Are All Geminis this Complicated?
When I found out I was pregnant in September and due in June, I remember crossing my fingers and saying, "Oh, please let this baby be born under Cancer instead of Gemini. I can handle a Cancer zodiac sign, but a Gemini I'm not so sure about. I'll love this baby no matter what, but this could make things difficult. What if we don't get along when they're older? How am I going to raise them without them hating me?" The double-sided nature I had witnessed of the Gemini firsthand in many of my relatives, co-workers, love interests, and supervisors had never gone well for me. It was the sign I wanted to love but seemed to always hurt me. I hated that I jumped to those conclusions and felt that way. I did not want to stereotype, and I certainly didn't want to feel the same pain I felt with others with my child. It sounds crazy, and it is. After all, can the time someone is born really matter that much to their personality and interactions with others? I didn't want to believe so, but my early experiences had unfortunately made me feel otherwise.
Alternative Baking: Vegan AND Soy-Free
In the blue corner we have our reigning champion, SOY! In the red corner, is me, the fighter always on alert and ready to battle against my arch nemesis soy intolerance. It is the lone ingredient standing between myself and veganism, and I'm sure I'm not the only one stuck in this constant battle. Soy is a major ingredient in most vegetable oils, dairy-free milks, vegan butters, and as a valuable protein ingredient in the vegan diet. This can complicate enjoying wholesome sweet treats and baked goods for those of us with intolerances tremendously. After all, there are only so many frozen berry pops and fruit salads one can eat and still enjoy. Occasionally, you crave a slice of banana bread or pastry. When most of the major products you find on your shelf all contain an ingredient your body can't tolerate or alternatively animal by-products, what can you do?
Confessions of An Emo Kid
"I'm outside of your window, with my radio!" I sang, blasting Hawthorne Heights's song "Niki FM". After the song finished, I skipped my CD player to track eight, "Ohio Is For Lovers", of their album The Silence in Black and White. I had an hour and fifteen minute bus ride to go, and I was hoping we were picking up the Sutton twins on the way to school this morning. Their grandma is probably taking them today I thought to myself, but still held out hope that our bus was going to snake its way up their tiny road. I made my trusty trombone case as obtuse as possible to discourage other passengers from sitting next to me just in case. Maybe Jared would let me listen to his iPod this morning, and I would get a chance to see if he was riding the bus home again today. The struggle was real.