portraits of words

Concept: You are draped across moss pillows. Fairies have braided and twined your hair with wildflowers. The air smells like damp earth and honey suckle. You feel pleasantly warm, a little drowsy perhaps. 

The setting sun casts its last glowing rays through the trees; light and shadows dance across your face. The wind lovingly rustles the leaves of the canopy above. Far off in the distance you can hear a harp and flutes being played ever so gently. 

You find you are smiling; you are safe here. Nothing can harm you here

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.
—  S.Bashir
10 Pieces Advice to Give Yourself.

1. We all fear the things we might not know. And that’s okay. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Put your best foot forward and trust in God. Remember everything happens for a reason. It might not make sense now, but eventually all the puzzle pieces will come together and you will see the bigger and clearer picture. 

2.Take time out for yourself. Period. Follow your passion. Learn new things. Pursue what you love. Give your soul that serenity that it needs, and express your true self 

3. Surround yourself with positive people. Remove any toxic people from your life . Sometimes to add to our life we need to subtract. 

4. Your mental health is more important than work. Your mental health is more important than school. Your mental health is more important than anything. 

5. Listen to music. Open yourself up to new songs, new genres, and new artists. Find yourself in the lyrics. Disconnect from the world and connect to the music. 

6. You have a voice. Use that voice. Stand against injustices. Say your opinion. You have the right to be heard.

7. When life gets hard, just take a moment. Step back and breath. You will get through any struggle that comes your way. Just believe in yourself. 

8. Talk to new people. We learn a lot from our experiences with others. 

9. Not everyone you meet is going to stand with you. Life is a rollercoaster. People come on the ride with you; some may be there for the whole ride and some might be there for a period of time. Learn from every individual who chose to ride with you; wether they affected you positively or negatively. 

10. Love Yourself. self love isn’t selfish. self love is important. Always remember that you are good enough.  

Concept: You are in a forest; it is night, but you are safe and unafraid. The moon is your guide; weaving through the trees, she leads you to a pond in a clearing. The water’s surface is smooth and reflects the stars above. You shed your clothing, your fears and doubts, and your pain and suffering, and slip into the depths. 

You bathe among stars, an ancient yourself. Galaxies swirl around you, galaxies are born within you. Peace and eternity flood you. All that is and was and will be can be felt in your heartbeat, in your breath. A well of strength and love opens in your heart. What you feel cannot be described by mere words. 

Has a moment passed? Perhaps a millennium?

Reborn, you open your eyes. Reborn, you rise, the celestial being that was hidden within you always

There are plenty of boys and yes there is no one like him and no one is better than him.
But trust me the next boy who will come around will be different.
And he won’t have a more lovely smile but his green eyes will let you forget the blue ones you loved so much a year ago.
He won’t be funnier but his humor is different and that’s why you laugh even more when he tells you a stupid joke.
And oh god, you could never imagine that you will love his a little too long dark hair so much.

He won’t be better. But trust me.

People aren’t made to be compared.

—  You can’t compare them. They are all different and good in their own way. #7
And maybe I was never in love with you. I just craved the feeling. I wanted to be in love so badly. And more importantly I wanted someone who is in love with me too. I wanted someone who will be there for me when everybody else left. Someone who will make me always laugh and when he makes me cry once he will stay after our fight. He will stay. He will be there. For me.
I wanted someone like that.
But now I realized that I don’t need you for that. I have friends. I have people who care about me even when we don’t have a relationship. I don’t need you. I don’t need to be in love.
—  I just wanted to feel that feeling
Those who love you will never leave. Those who steal your happiness and confidence are simply thieves.
And you don’t need them.
—  Always make sure you’re okay, and keep your own heart on the highest shelf.

I promise I will tell you
to know me.

Like keeping a lover’s shirt
having their scent, left behind.
I am hard to forget.

That is what I tell my insecurities
when I cannot picture another day,
the stars look shredded
and the rain keeps hurdling down
I might as well drown.


Because I am not selfish
and will forgive the world,
for squeezing me so tightly,
for bruising me constantly
that my body will forever feel
in the arms of my father
who has told me, I am just like my mother
that she was once strong
but how can I be strong when the only thing
making me weak is myself?

I find comfort in emptiness.

I am not obligated to feel anything
like weather - self destructive.

There is beauty in disaster,
watching things
knowing they can be restored.

—  self portrait with a bottle of peach andré