A list of promises we must make
⁃ To unlearn the prejudices handed to us by our elders
⁃ To be seen. By ourselves.
⁃ To hold on to our anger and to let it sediment into a China cup.
⁃ To pour that cup away.
⁃ To plant a tree.
⁃ To expand ourselves in the direction of our fiercest and most wildest dreams.
⁃ To be afraid. Feel the way fear creeps under the light of our skins. To recognise this is how some people, in some geographies spend their whole lives.
⁃ To not be afraid.
⁃ To let go of the notion that the sole purpose of our lives is to fall in love just once.
⁃ To fall in love once.
⁃ To fall in love many times.
⁃ To sit under a purple tree.
⁃ To stop chastising oneself for not fitting into a mould. You’re a person not a cupcake.
⁃ To try and be a cupcake once in a while. Not as an aspiration but so that you can be kissed the hell out of.
⁃ To draw — water from wells, a blank, a fat fucking paycheck.
⁃ To avoid projecting your insecurities on the people you love.
⁃ To be content with not making a lot of money, not travelling, not being thin.
⁃ To not fall into the trap of credit card bills, people who don’t keep their word, sugar free foods.
⁃ To cross the street to meet our neighbors.
⁃ To cross your heart and hope to be honest with yourself.
⁃ To fail at all of this.
⁃ To forgive ourselves for failing.
⁃ To try.
⁃ To try again.