Two-Bit Musings.

The Company You Keep.

Real Life, 2020. Original Photo by SnapDragon X.
All rights reserved.

As I watched my infant son snooze away the afternoon, the old adage “You are the company you keep” popped in my head.

I suppose his sweet, five-month-old face reminded me of how impressionable we all are.

I also know I read or heard this somewhere:

We become the five people who are closest to us.

Wow, really?

It makes you think, you know?

So.

How do we spend our time?

What values, attitudes, and energies make up our days?

Because influence not only comes from our family, friends, and co-workers, but also from our daily dose of life.

news; books; TV; movies; games; music; online social forums

{{Input, output. What goes in is what comes out.}}

Hmm.

I don’t make a habit of following celebrity tabloids (from this century, anyway), but for whatever reason I caught something Angelina Jolie said, and it always stayed with me.

I’m paraphrasing, but she said something along the lines of:

“At the end of the day, I just want to be a smarter person.”

Me too, yo.

I want to surround myself with:

Intelligence.

Integrity.

Passion.

Creativity.

Critical Consciousness.

I want to live my life with curiosity. I want to take the adventures, eat the food, and sip the drinks.

I want to be loyal.

I want to be kind.

I want to be humble enough to admit I’m human.

For I am only one person, but I will be the best one I can be.

. . .

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A Humble, Bumbling Mess.

A Small(ish) Rant

. . .

Ugh. This post is going to be. . . well, I don’t know. Some sort of toxic mess of self-reflection, frustration, and most likely, curse words.

It’s going to be like a spilled pot of boiling pasta:

A goddamn disaster.

‘Cuz I gotta get these thoughts out, yo.

It is, after all, why I write.

So feel free to read. Or don’t. It’s okay.

. . .

I get very annoyed with pomp and circumstance.

Very annoyed.

I’m not saying everything has to be a paper-plate, hole-y jeans occasion.

But let’s focus on substance, friends.

You can wear your heels and fill your days with IMPORTANT MEETINGS.

But what do you really stand for?

What are you accomplishing?

Because sometimes real results are the ones you can’t put on paper.

. . .

I have been accused of having an “attitude” from time to time.

I’m opinionated, yes.

And just because I ask common-sense questions and stay true to my values does not mean I “have an attitude”.

I simply refuse to be spoon-fed bullshit, and then expected to smile.

. . .

I do not have all the answers.

I’m a slow reader, with a surprisingly limited vocabulary.

And I’m an English teacher.

But I’m also a human being, and so are you.

So maybe it’s time to give up the ghost.

Nobody thinks you’re perfect anyway.

. . .

Not everything is about you.

. . .

Wash your face, Snap.

Put on your cozy socks and curl up with your sweet husband and fur babies.

Feel those weird and wonderful kicks, and hold onto hope for a humane future.

Surely, we can do better than this.

A Letter to My Working Self.

A Letter to My Working Self.

Because we are more than our jobs.

It’s Just Another Day, 2018. Stockholm. Original Photo by SnapDragon X. All rights reserved.

Dear Working Woman:

Wake up. Perhaps put on a little makeup. (Or don’t.)

Sip a little something at the kitchen table. Let your peepers adjust to the light of the morning sun.

As the cuckoo announces the start of another working day, relish the opportunity before you.

It’s another day to be in the world, love.

It’s another day to use your mind, your hands, your heart.

Speak with intelligence. Speak with respect.

Speak the truth, however unpopular it may be.

Because you cannot control how others perceive you.

They will judge.

They will misunderstand.

All you can do is try.

Live honestly.

Live with integrity.

Be true to yourself, girl.

‘Cause you’ve got nothing to lose.