“Light is creation. Darkness is the space necessary to create.”
― Erica Jasmin Cartaya
It isn’t enough to simply inhabit –
to suck up oxygen and take up space
while entangled in a safety net
of familiarity and status quo.
Comfort must be exchanged for growth.
It isn’t useful to recoil from what terrifies –
the roller coaster ride, the cross-country flight,
the big audition, the high dive,
the first date, the big mistake.
At least you learned.
Complacency could never breed
the satisfaction that only stems
from fears faced down and disquietude engaged.
The thrill is in the reaching.
The victory lies in the fact that you tried.
Failure is measured in minutes passed
and the rise and fall of ocean’s tide
without the stretching and strengthening
of your body, will, and mind.
To remain stagnant is to die.
I’d rather go for broke, crashing and burning
a path to extremes of experience and consciousness.
Test me, bend me, let me be unnerved
so I don’t look through ordinary eyes.
As I walk among the dead, let me be alive.
I’d like to take a minute to thank all of you – from around the world – who have taken the time to read my blog. I cannot tell WHO reads (you remain anonymous)…I can only see the number of readers, and what country the view comes from. But to EACH of you, whoever you are…THANK YOU. Sincerely. I share my creations with the world for free. I create for the purpose of creating — because I have to, because it is the only way I want to live. But if anyone reads and enjoys these thoughts and creations, it is an honor.
Thank you to readers in each of these countries who stopped by my blog this year:
|Republic of Korea||26|
|United Arab Emirates||22|
|Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic||12|
|Palestinian Territory, Occupied||3|
|Trinidad and Tobago||3|
|Syrian Arab Republic||2|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||2|
I appreciate every reader. ❤ And I can’t wait to see you guys in 2014. It’s gonna be amazing…I can feel it.
**Poem and all photos copyright Jenn Howe, 2013