I Come Back Again

I leave the city in summer and return to winter (but do not fear, I was not gone for more than 21 consecutive days). The snow is here, the leaves are gone, and the moisture has been pulled from the air–frozen. I buy a great big bag of salt while out with a friend andContinue reading “I Come Back Again”

The Knowing

Content note: this piece contains abstract references to trauma. Sometimes, you want to stay in the dark because the light is too much to take. Sometimes, you choose the dark. Sometimes, you say no to new information. Yes, even in the information age. Yes, even in the disinformation age. Sometimes, you say no. Sometimes, youContinue reading “The Knowing”

Criticism and Trauma, Responsibility and Worth

How do I express myself openly and honestly while also remaining responsible and aware of how my words can affect other people? How do I strike that balance between realness and consideration for others? How do I remain considerate while simultaneously not overly censoring myself?

Anxiety > Insomnia > Anxiety: Capitalism?

I have anxiety-induced insomnia and sleep-deprivation-induced anxiety. It’s a vicious cycle. I’m not always sure what triggers my bouts of sleeplessness, but I know as soon as they’ve been activated.

For awhile, all is well. Then one night, right after I lay my head down, I’m hit with the first pang of anxiety.

26 This Spring

I was sick last night. I lay on the bathroom floor for hours, shaking. Something went wrong in my body and I felt it in every part of me. I could barely keep my eyes open. I was alone. I lay there and cycled through the following: I wish this wasn’t happening, I wish this wasn’t happening, what’s wrong, when is it going to stop, what did I do wrong, why is this happening, I wish this wasn’t happening…