That toxic status quo

When we are raised in an environment focused on discipline before purpose, or compliance before understanding, we develop the belief that fitting in is more important than what is right. This same mindset leads us to be bullish in our efforts to uphold the status quo because of the inclusion that it offers, while violently [...]

Don’t pay it forward

Vengeance is easier than understanding.Bitterness is easier than forgiveness.Mirroring the behaviour of those who treated us badly is easier than rising up to be better than them.Each time we choose the easier path, we become the very monsters and degenerates that created the hurt and pain in our lives.Too often, we raise our children with [...]

My echo chamber

For what feels like an eternity, I've been grappling with whether I have anything of substance to share beyond my first novel. Will it be an indulgent rant of self-pity, or will it honour the human struggle? Am I invested in it the way I was with the first novel? Or is the tedious repetition [...]

Forgotten bones

Sullen heartTainted soulExhausted spiritFar from homeA journey longA stranger loneBroken promisesForgotten bones Cryptic poetry from a cryptic soulFor each to takeWhat echoes with their own...Photo credit : Adobe Stock #authorsofinstagram #poetry #spilledink

Recognise your demons

Some of the most disheartening moments we may experience include trying to help someone we care about while they reject our efforts.The harder we try, the more they resist.The more persistent we are, the greater their anger or bitterness towards us.Most often, it's not because of who we are or what we're trying to do.Most [...]

Celebrate your humanness

Tears are not weakness because it takes strength to embrace your humanness.The worst brutes lack the courage to be human because appearing unaffected by others is their idea of strength. Sadly, such a show of strength seals their hearts to emotion and blinds their eyes to the harshness that they exhale, creating distance between them [...]