Taurus by Joshua David McKenney
As a freshmen in college, I have found my life to be newly consumed by a schedule filled with theatre classes, club meetings, sorority rushing, and the socialization that comes with being the “new kid on the block”, along with about three hundred of my fellow class members. When arriving at college I expected living changes, and I knew that my new beginning here would be completely altered from the version I was used to at home. As a student, my laptop has become a vital tool. I use it as a means of research, communication, and entertainment. The newly cultivated On Demand revolution and shift to consuming media has definitely affected me in a very positive way. By using the internet, I have access to an unlimited amount of resources that are literally at the tips of my “typing” fingertips. Within my busy schedule, the free time I have left needs to be used wisely, and so I take advantage of the things offered to me right when I need them. Consuming media is not a bad thing. The On Demand revolution has provided millions of people with an easier way of accessing sources of information and other essential things. The On Demand revolution and consuming media is just an all-too clear sign of the advancements our society is making, and I can only hope that it continues to progress.
Soooo tomorrow I will be heading to the Gay Pride Parade in Atlanta along with the OUtlet club here at Oglethorpe University. No words can express how psyched I am to lend my support to such an amazing cause!!! Let the rainbow colors begin :)
To introduce myself, my name is Abreanna Ferguson. I’m a freshman in college and my goal is to live life freely, with faith, and without fear of the unknown, because sometimes the beauty of life can be so powerful that the human eyes cannot withstand the sight without pure courage.
On this blog, I plan to share words and things of beauty, inspiration, and anything that I just find to be brilliant overall. If your reading this, I thank you for taking the time to see into my infinitely chaotic mind.
If I Should Have A Daughter video!!!
This is my absolute favorite spoken word piece in the ENTIRE WORLD. Sarah Kay is such an amazing artist and this poem will always be engraved in the corners of my mind.
"If I Should Have A Daughter…"
Instead of “Mom”, she’s gonna call me “Point B.” Because that way, she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me. And I’m going to paint the solar system on the back of her hands so that she has to learn the entire universe before she can say “Oh, I know that like the back of my hand.”
The video is down here!
She’s gonna learn that this life will hit you, hard, in the face, wait for you to get back up so it can kick you in the stomach. But getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air. There is hurt, here, that cannot be fixed by band-aids or poetry, so the first time she realizes that Wonder-woman isn’t coming, I’ll make sure she knows she doesn’t have to wear the cape all by herself. Because no matter how wide you stretch your fingers, your hands will always be too small to catch all the pain you want to heal. Believe me, I’ve tried.
And “Baby,” I’ll tell her “don’t keep your nose up in the air like that, I know that trick, you’re just smelling for smoke so you can follow the trail back to a burning house so you can find the boy who lost everything in the fire to see if you can save him. Or else, find the boy who lit the fire in the first place to see if you can change him.”
But I know that she will anyway, so instead I’ll always keep an extra supply of chocolate and rain boats nearby, ‘cause there is no heartbreak that chocolate can’t fix. Okay, there’s a few heartbreaks chocolate can’t fix. But that’s what the rain boots are for, because rain will wash away everything if you let it.
I want her to see the world through the underside of a glass bottom boat, to look through a magnifying glass at the galaxies that exist on the pin point of a human mind. Because that’s how my mom taught me. That there’ll be days like this, “There’ll be days like this my momma said” when you open your hands to catch and wind up with only blisters and bruises. When you step out of the phone booth and try to fly and the very people you wanna save are the ones standing on your cape. When your boots will fill with rain and you’ll be up to your knees in disappointment and those are the very days you have all the more reason to say “thank you,” ‘cause there is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline no matter how many times it’s sent away.
You will put the “wind” in win some lose some, you will put the “star” in starting over and over, and no matter how many land mines erupt in a minute be sure your mind lands on the beauty of this funny place called life.
And yes, on a scale from one to over-trusting I am pretty damn naive but I want her to know that this world is made out of sugar. It can crumble so easily but don’t be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it.
“Baby,” I’ll tell her “remember your mama is a worrier but your papa is a warrior and you are the girl with small hands and big eyes who never stops asking for more.”
Remember that good things come in threes and so do bad things and always apologize when you’ve done something wrong but don’t you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining.
Your voice is small but don’t ever stop singing and when they finally hand you heartbreak, slip hatred and war under your doorstep and hand you hand-outs on street corners of cynicism and defeat, you tell them that they really ought to meet your mother.
This is one of my favorite quotes and I feel like it’s a wonderful beginning to a blog of endless thoughts…