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My Literary Inspiration

Last night I started reading my favorite book for what must be the gazillionth time (ok, maybe 5th?). My first time reading it was for English 201 freshman year in college, yet the effect it has on me has never changed. I spent last night and my train ride this morning engrossed in the first section of the book. It's a novel that I could get lost in, if not for the rest of my life, for the rest of this phase of my life.

The first time I read Black Girl in Paris, the protagonist Eden captured my heart by the third page with the following passage:

That passage instantly placed me into Eden’s shoes. Just like her, I had dreams of my travels to far away lands as a little girl; at 18 years old I was desperately seeking my own identity; and I, too, often thought that I was walking alone on a nonexistent path - never believing that someone could ever relate to my hopes, dreams, doubts, and vulnerabilities.

Therefore I walked with Eden through her journey. The rest of the novel, which reads like poetry at times, both captures and fuels my soul. This novel is a beautiful piece of art that inspires you to live life, follow your passion, be more open, and discover who you want to be.

As I read for the first time in a couple years, I realize that while I continue to walk in Eden's shoes, it's with a different mentality. I don't know how to articulate it yet. To say the least, I long more than ever to be a "free woman with free thoughts." So for the next few days, I will be rereading my favorite passages over and over again, reflecting on how I feel, and writing out my thoughts.

Stay tuned for this literary journey.
passage can be found here on Amazon.com's website
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India Arie: This too shall pass

Some songs really just take you there.

There can refer to any emotional state under the sun. This particular song takes me through tears, overwhelming feelings and frustration all the way to hope. It has gotten me through many crying nights in a particular phase in my life. At that time, all of the words spoke to my heart. Now, it's less about love for me and simply about the inherent challenges of life. I spent a 35 minute car ride listening to it on repeat tonight. One word: cathartic.

Thank God we're given a new day every morning. I'm still taking life one day at a time, and I'm starting again with tomorrow. As some would say... Jesus take the wheel!

"Then I hear the whisper that this too shall pass
I hear the Angels whisper that this too shall pass
My ancestors whisper that this day will one day be the past
So I walk in faith that this too shall pass"
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