August 14, 2021

When it Feels like you’re Drowning: A Phrase to Keep you Afloat.


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My anxiety has been peaking.

I feel that whoosh in my stomach—

that jolt in my belly without warning.

I have to stop and remind myself that all I can control is: 

my actions and my reactions.

I sit by and watch the world begin to burn.

The fire feels as though it’s leaping around me.

I feel as though I’m drowning.

There is no escape.

There is no turning the tide.

And once we are in it, there is no turning back.

I feel sick to my stomach with fear—

fear for the future that is not so far away.

And people are blind. And I understand why.

It’s so much easier to ignore and turn away.

I wish I could.

They will learn when it is too late.

History will continue to repeat in this cycle until we are all healed enough to see—

to open our eyes and set aside our biases and our egos.

To look at the bigger picture.

We are all in this together.

We all have to coexist.

We have to learn to love.

For now, I will continue to repeat: 

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