And for every day you paint the war, take a week and paint the beauty, the color, the shape of the landscape you’re marching towards. Everyone knows what you’re against. Show them what you’re for. (Andrea Gibson)
That quote is one of my favorite quotes from Andrea Gibson, who is a phenomenally talented spoken word artist. Her poems and performances are works of art. I can’t get enough of them. (My favorites are this one, this one, and this one.)
But this quote from her resonated with me this week for some reason. I’ve been swamped in activities and homework lately, struggling with applications and internships. In between all of those things, I’m also worrying about whatever I want to do when I graduate. Juggling all of that doesn’t always make me the most cheerful person, and I tend toward sarcastic most days anyway. It can be hard to stop criticizing, whether it’s myself or the world I’m living in.
I hope I’m not the only one, but I feel like I have this tendency to dream about the future to escape the present. It’s easier than facing the challenges that are right here in front of me. It’s easy to be cynical and distant; it is much more difficult to be positive.
What are you for?