some books I ordered from Amazon last week:
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
teaching my mother how to give birth by Warsan Shire
No Sweetness Here by Ama Ata Aidoo
still looking for a book that changes me. maybe one of these is the one.
my name is Ojo
I’m always hiding behind other names, fearing that people won’t be able to pronounce mine or figure out I’m strange before they even meet me. Growing up, any name was better than my name. I always wanted to change over to my middle name, Evelyn, thinking that would suddenly help me fit in. But the world doesn’t need any more Annes and Kates. I’m going to do great things and people will have no choice but to learn how to pronounce my name.
Des'ree – You Gotta Be (9,873 plays)
"I want to do more in this world than just live in it."
(Source: unradiantly, via heyfranhey)
(Source: patakk, via imbruk)
It was Buddha that said “YOLO” right?
I find that so many people try hard to put out this image of being a spiritual, generous person. (A lot of the times they appropriate the terms “gypsy” and “tribal” but that’s another rant for another day.) People like to stick up images of Eastern and African traditions and pretend that they have uncovered some deep peace. But at the same time, they cannot escape today’s current Western mentality of “me first”. They’re still highly individualistic behind all that “tribal print”, Buddha statues, om necklaces and yoga before Starbucks.
I don’t really have a point here besides this: if you are truly a kind person, if you have a spirituality that’s important to you, it wouldn’t be on your wall or hanging around your neck. It would be in your actions, your words, your heart.
Let’s not be ugly to each other.