June 19, 2017
"It's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself. You become a collaborator, an accomplice of your own murderers, because you believe the same things they do... You have, somehow, to begin to break out of all of that and try to become yourself. It's hard for anybody... Hard, because you've got to divorce yourself from the standards of that society." ~James Baldwin via @__nitch
Here I am the moment before I was wheeled back for my explant surgery. This photo challenges me. I see disconnection and pain. Yet, I know I learned from the blessings, the mistakes and the outsourcing that led to that decision. I came back to (or found) myself once I began listening to my own truths and stopped internalizing everyone else's. The more I said "no" to that which was not mine, the more I found my true "yes."