Self love

Put aside what others think of you. Love yourself for who you are. We hear these words all the time, from self-help articles to your parents, from motivational posters to celebrity Instagrammers as they publish yet another picture of their boobs spilling out of tiny tops. As I’ve been struggling with some insecurities lately, I…

Over-the-counter life lessons

I’ve recently started working at a clinic whenever I’ve time to spare, and took away some absolute gems of wisdom from my patients through our conversations. We don’t need to live a thousand years through every possible combination of events to figure life out – we can simply learn from others who have been there.…

The search for light

Darkness was there when I raised my eyes, and it was there beneath my feet. The few stars shining in earnest faltered and gave themselves up to the dark. They say that darkness does not exist, that it is merely the absence of light. Where did the light go? I finally cried out for help.…

Gone Bananas!!! — Restaurant Rage

I have just completed a waitressing shift during which I had the honor of serving the most demanding and downright impolite customers, and I am physically and emotionally wrecked. Restaurant etiquette should be introduced into school curriculums worldwide, and by etiquette I don’t just mean not chewing like a barbarian or knowing which spoon to…

First loves

It was hard not to look at you. I walked away from you, but the truth was I couldn’t help wondering about you. I wondered what your name was. What you did to get that incredible tan. What your laughter would sound like. If you wondered about me too. That was the first time I…

The tea-losophy of love

I made tea this morning – an ordinary mug with ordinary leaves that whirl around as you pour hot water in.   Tendrils of steam tracing lazy patterns in the air.   A faint aroma that whispers of endless green fields dusted with pointed straw hats.   So much beauty from a single mug.  …