to grow a brain

This is an article in a series for People Against Violence.Org

I live on an island. Legitimately.

Secluded from a great many trials and some social extravagances, truthfully, it is incredibly easy to let myself roll in a complacent rug and curl up by the fire, forget about…things. I must confess, I lose myself in the needless clutter of day-to-day activities, but I think that’s a human quality. So I come by it honestly. Yes, even my socially conscious brain is deterred now and then by…I don’t even know what.

But my thoughts seemed to have stirred by a recent incident with a friend of mine, who prides himself on owning a few necessities. While I applaud him, I shamelessly think about the things I’ve attached myself to; the things I’ve let own me. I’d like to think they don’t own me, but then look who’s paying bills to keep these things in my life?

Me.

Now this post is not a guilt trip, at least that is not my intention for writing, no, I’d like to think of it as a little ignition to wake, if not you then myself, up. Yes this is my own wake up call.

T’was recently a time in my life when I celebrate another year gone by. And I’ve had to take a little look at who I am and what I’ve done, what I’ve become. This is when I noticed that my apathetic side was rearing its ugly head. I remembered a piece of advertisements in an article put together by Bored Panda.com

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I had a browse through, and was hit by a tidal wave of not only guilt, but responsibility as well.  If I could edit Uncle Ben’s famous quote “With great power, comes great responsibility,” erase power, cause I ‘aint got none of that, and replace it with the word privilege. Yes, yes, now it applies to me.

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There we go, that’s more like it.

Sometimes it takes a few well constructed ads to jumpstart my brain, and oh then I catch myself listening to some senseless music about having millions and thinking out loud. And I think to myself, if I were to think out loud, I would not want those to be my words.

So I gave myself some time to ponder, went on a run and cleared my mind of peripheral thoughts and this is what I came up with later on:

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yes written on a napkin

Five words. Mhmm. Seriously, I had a whole paragraph written out, but then thought I can condense this! Challenged myself and boiled it down. I guess it comes to mean that I shy away from responsibility because I’ve showered myself with things to pad my insecurities. Yes I’ve coddled my insecurities. Have you?

If you’re reading this, wondering when will Tricia pronounce a new profound thought that hasn’t been written before. Well, honestly it isn’t coming down the tubes any time soon. Nope. This piece is just to admit I had fallen asleep, I had gotten caught up, wrapped up in my head with useless thoughts.

But I’d like to glow where I’m meant to grow…you know? There are some things I’ll never be capable of, but there are some things I do have control of. Like the ad above, duh, and subsequently all ads in the article, they’re all things we can do to stop something that is wrong but we’ve accepted as “ok” for the longest time. 

Therein lies the pinnacle of this blog post. Shine where you are. Do what you can with what you have, because to be able to do at least something is a massive privilege. 

Thank you, I’ll step down from my soap box now.

Good Evening

~Tricia Maria

Please take time to check out People Against Violence.Org new app called uAlert weProtect which will be coming out soon. This app allows your access emergency contacts as well as authorities should the need arise. Please click the hyper-link above to read more about it.

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