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I have sat in this corner for too long.
Blocking out the world in which I only see hate.
But if I look at the world as a glass, half full,
I will see the wonders the world beholds.
I will see the world in which I found happiness.
Where I drew endlessly.
Where I danced around shamelessly.
Where I sung my heart out.
Where I laughed to my heart's content.
Where I fell in love.
So look at the world as a glass half full,
because even though half is empty,
good will always overcome evil.
Teenage TaoismGiving birth is the closest I’d ever felt to dying.
Before that, my near death experiences had consisted only of my silent announcement of pregnancy—silent, being that my social media accounts were all deleted almost simultaneously and I never returned to school in the fall, saying without really saying that I had caught the malicious disease of “teenage pregnancy”. I’m sure the whisper spread in the hallways like the Bubonic Plague. That September, sitting at home on what would have been the first day of my senior year, I imagined friends I’d never talk to again saying “she was only seventeen, and so full of life!” at my absence in the cafeteria tables, as if they were attending my funeral instead of talking about me behind my back.
"Full of life," I had snorted then, folding a never ending stream of what had once been my own baby clothes. "Literally."
I walked around like a zombie for the months of my pregnancy, deciding t
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