As this week of midterms approaches, I find myself feeling fatigued, burned out and ready to give up. I’m sure many can relate to the feeling of putting everything you have into life and waking up and realizing you haven’t been given anything back and that you now, have nothing left to give. I have to constantly remind myself that I am not a bottomless vessel. I can’t keep giving and giving and trying and trying without being filled with something in return. I need to find the strength and faith to stop myself from being a smoldered candle wick, other wise I’ll burn out and have nothing to give to the world. Remember that in your brokenness and tiredness there is always the night to replenish your energy, but you must seek it. Seek your energy source in life and hold on to it. My mantra for this week is to stay strong, but remember that I am not alone, I only need to reach out and receive it. I also need to remind myself that sometimes its okay not to “have it all together” its okay to let yourself be weak for a moment, feel the stress of the situation. Pretending that life isn’t hard and neglecting to take care of yourself will only wear you down further. Doing this will allow me to find the desire to keep fighting. Smoldered or not, there is a light that desires to be fed and brighten our path.
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Women: Your beauty brings out a man’s strength.” —
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by Joy Ike
(Click photo for link to “I Follow Rivers”
There’s this artist named Lykke, Li pronounced (Likey Lie). She’s a brilliant artist, whose music can only be described as a mixture of techno music with afro beats, embellished with jazzy soulful vocals, all while maintain an “indie” vibe. (Interpret that as you would like). She has got a really great thing going and a very devoted underground fan base. There is one song of her’s in particular that I can’t seem to stop listening to, called “I Follow Rivers”. The premise of the song is about the idea that you can love someone so intensely that you would follow them anywhere. She describes the persons influence over you as a river that is your life source etc. Every time I listen to this song, I get lost in the imagery of what it would be like to be so mesmerized by someone that you’d follow that person into the abyss of the ocean. They enchant you to the point where their movement in life is in you, with you and through you. It then dawned on me how incredibly terrifying that can be. That one person or thing could have such a large effect on you that you’d do anything for them without a thought.
So I guess the question is
Who/what do you do you love and how far would you follow them?