today i noticed that life is very short. life is so short that we must follow our dreams. that we must kiss the person we love. that we must say hello to strangers. eat that creamy chocolate bar we were craving. leave our friends and family with hugs and kisses instead of just saying goodbyes. we should look at the sky. gaze at the stars and count it too. smell the flowers, pick it and give it to your neighbours. look at our lovers face and memorize the twinkle in their eyes when they talk about their day. call our mothers. call our old friends. dance the night away till your feet give up. enjoy the little things before it’s too late. before it’s too late to enjoy life.
Murasaki Shikibu was a writer during the Heian era of Japan, born in 973. She is most famous for writing the epic classic Tale of Genji, which is considered to be the first novel ever written. Murasaki was from an aristocratic family. She disliked men and mostly kept to herself, spending much of her time at Imperial court writing new chapters for the Tale of Genji. She passed them on to friends, who in turn copied them out and passed them on to their friends to read and copy, and it quickly became popular. Women were thought to be too stupid to learn the traditional written Chinese kanji characters and were taught phonetic kana instead. But Murasaki learned Kanji easily and taught it to the princess Shoshi in secret, causing outrage when she became empress and used it publicly. Murasaki is largely credited for developing Japanese into a written language. She earned herself the nickname “Our Lady of the Chronicles”.
today i noticed that some people will always love for you no matter where you are in life. if you lost a job. are across the world. in a crisis. feeling different. changing. anything you can possibly imagine there is someone who will always be by your side to enjoy the ride. and if you feel as if no one will be there, just take a second. breath. inhale and exhale. think about the good things that are around you. the good people. that when you go out with them all you do is laugh and have a good time. that right there is happiness. now that is what i call irreplaceable.
today I noticed that we can be our own enemies. we can talk ourselves out of doing what our heart truly desires. we can repeat mistakes. memories from the past without even realizing that the past has left and the present is where we should focus on. we can look at ourselves and scrutinize and critique ourselves as if it is healthy. we can look down on ourselves thinking that we don’t deserve the best because we’ve done things we should have never done. but we should start being our own best friend. talk to yourself as if your talking to a friend. speak positivity into your life and watch it manifest. compliment yourself as you would compliment the beauty you see within your friends or family. accept yourself just as you accept strangers into your life. forgive yourself like you forgive others. be yourself as you’d like others to be themselves around you. be kind to yourself, always in all ways.
“Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.“ – James Baldwin. Illustrated with three early portraits of the writer by gay novelist and photographer, Carl Van Vechten (June 17, 1880 - December 21, 1964.)