11 Oct Mirror Mirror
I know I am young, and don’t like to limit myself… but I must admit that I have one true love in this world. They have always been there to support me when I need stability or inspiration; they understand me; they inspire me; they challenge me to be better, do better.
Who or what is this shining light, you ask?
WORDS. Words are my one true love.
Ever since I was a child I have been obsessed with words. There is nothing like the thrill of losing yourself in someone else’s mind, someone else’s story. Lyrics, books, poetry – it’s all art. To share words is one of the most brave things one can do, in my opinion.
This love affair with language has made a collector of me. I collect words and phrases everywhere I go. It’s almost impulsive – if I hear something poignant, I have to write it down.
Enter: my mirror. Which is always scrawled with quotes and musings that light me up.
Sometimes the quotes are happy, joyful and inspired. Sometimes they are heavy, complex and twisted. Sometimes it’s just beautiful nonsense.
But I began to make a practice of watching how I chose what to write on my mirror.
Did I write this here because I want someone to ask me about it?
Did I shy away from writing something “too real” because I didn’t want anyone to know what’s going on inside me?
How often do I need these “soul reminders”?
What started as a simple means to start my day off with words has turned into a very ritualistic practice for me – and is one I encourage you to try.
First, find words that speak to you. Maybe a poem; lyrics to your favorite song; something your friend said.
Write them somewhere you will see every day, at least once a day.
Leave them there for one week.
After the end of that week, take a moment with the words.
Have they changed meaning?
Did they affect your thoughts and actions?
Did anyone see your words, and prompt conversation?
I encourage you to make friends with words, and more than that even – become lovers. Wrap yourself around them. Let them consume you. For you are always safe with words, they are steadfast partners and loyal friends. They are you, expressed.
I’ll leave you with some of my favorites:
“Stuff your eyes with wonder. Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. Ask no guarantees, ask for no security – there never was such an animal.” – Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451