[this photo of palm trees against the sky always makes me feel good]
I am happy to keep learning
my family--this includes close friends and pets
lavender, daffodils, and white orchids
how my old raincoat will always smell of campfire
strengthening my yoga practice
the way small children think the world works
my dear friends
dancing to really loud music
a book, well-worn or completely new, the nervousness before reading it, the hole in your chest when you have finished it.
that I’ve given my life to art
moments of being treated with kindness and gentleness by people who care about your well-being
the upbeat rythm of the city, with its skyscrapers and its anonymity and its million possibilities
oceans, particularly watching waves crash
the tranquility of the countryside, with its tall-as-buildings pine trees and its endless variety of sky colors and the security that knowing everyone provides
the impulse to notify my fiance whenever I pass a cute dog
reading by candlelight while wrapped in a cozy blanket
going to Pride festivals and seeing all the joyful people celebrating queerness and the little kids that are growing up in that atmosphere of joy and realizing it is clear evidence that the world is always getting better
coffee in the morning
I used to be afraid of death because of what it would mean for me, my memories, my soul, that sort of thing. But now I simply long for more time with this world I've grown to love. The rich frequency of every living thing makes me so happy to be alive, and keeps me alive!
Cover photograph by Keith Moul
Here you will find dancers. Wild women. Mad women. Girls who are sad no longer. Doctors and texts and broken glass. Pieces of us. Parts of you. Welcome in.