As an introvert, an idealist and a thinker - descriptions that have become synonymous to my wallflower handle - it stands to reason that I spend a great deal of time in reflection. More often than not, these reflections take me back to the magic decade of the 90's. Unsurprisingly, that classifies me as a reminiscer. However, reminiscence is much like a double-edged sword, being purposeful in some regards, but also defensive in others. Do we venture through past memories in elation, or are they perhaps escapist at its core? To answer this, one needs to delve into the very spirit of the decade. Upon such exploration, one may find that the 90's was a harbinger to a few key lessons that hold relevance... even now...
An awkward moment is a beautiful little human catastrophe that wriggles itself into your self-representational sphere every so often to playfully offer its share of a little strife and existential dread. Overstimulation, sensitivity to minute detail, excessive processing, and high reactivity are but a few of the reasons to why an introvert and HSP like myself would be subject to such embarrassment. It reminds me of that one time...when I found myself the target of a little flirtation...
Your inner world is a mental retreat blueprinted on idealism and imagination. At times however, a free flow of thought sets loose a host of inner battles. And we become our own greatest adversaries. Wars are not meant to be waged unchecked across the delicate peace of your private domain. A state of CALM is a weapon to beat down the watchful dragons of our mental bounty, before they ravage the free-bound landscape of your personal fantasy.
Your very soul stirs the shift of a season...And in the winter of your absence...I find a comfort in the summer of your memory. Bittersweet /ˌbɪtəˈswiːt/ Adorned with the quality of awakening a sensation of pleasure, tinged with traces of longing and heartache. The description given to that indescribable mix of emotion that preludes the … Continue reading Bittersweet Bravery and the Ballad of a Broken Heart
Freedom permits us a space that is rife with the possibilities to disassemble, break, and destroy, in order to remake, reshape, and realign. But the acceptance of such a faculty demands a great deal of vigilance from those who desperately sought it out in the first place. In truth, when we seek freedom, we do … Continue reading AfrikaBurn – Seeking the “Golden Repair”
Rising like a dusty mirage out of the Karoo heat, there’s a city that many call home. It’s a manifestation of our collective imagination and the culmination of our collective efforts. It comes and goes, and ebbs and flows. It’s transient, temporary and transitory. It’s neither here, nor there.It is real in its unrealness."Out of … Continue reading AfrikaBurn – The Whimsy of a Wallflower in the Wasteland
Freedom /ˈfriːdəm/ A courageous state of challenging the status quo and internalised perceptions that keeps one enthralled to a certain creed, mindset or way of living. A liberation from the self-imposed hurdles and personal fantasies that staunches growth and development. The emancipated position of assuming responsibility for one's own choices, the acknowledgement of truth, and … Continue reading Rattle the Cage and Break the Shackle
Inner World /ˈɪnə/ /wəːld/ A haven far removed from those mundane concerns that are woven into the fabric of reality. A realm blueprinted from the dreams, ideals, and hopes of a soul in reflection; thriving on the creativity, novelty, and life-infusing forces of imagination and marvel. It is the product of a spirit in resonance … Continue reading The Novice’s Guide to Constructing Inner Worlds – Part 1
Expectation /ɛkspɛkˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ A contract mentally written in the ink of the beliefs, suppositions or conjectures harboured by a person, the premise of which is crafted from the intuitive dispositions and life experiences of the individual. A strong projection that may be directed at oneself or another, enrolled across the spectrum of appearing just and fair. … Continue reading The Hemlock Cup of Expectations
Simplicity /sɪmˈplɪsɪti/ A principle that emulates the return to the bare necessities of living. A lifestyle by which an individual renews their awareness of their own desires, which are then given expression with the necessary act of decorum to avoid the backlash of self-imposed expectation. Its about getting back to basics. It's storytime sweeties! It … Continue reading K. I. S. S. – A Lesson in the Art of Simplicity