10 things that I am and nothing I am not | A Rose in Bloom
what to tell yourself when you are feeling down or low
"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am." _
-Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

These words have rung in my ears recently, vibrating off the walls of my chest cavity. I am. Such a powerful two words to be sung by the bell of your heart. In a world where it is all too easy to see all the beautiful little bits of stranger's lives, it is simple to ease into resentment. Tapping little thumbs up or little hearts in effort to say "congratulations" often leads us into a dark hole where we look for the greenest spaces but only find dry, dull weeds rattling off the sides like dead moss.

Why not me? Why didn't I have that luck? Why aren't I like her?

But we all simply are, can't you see? We all have something someone is lamenting their lack of. We all ARE. So here are things I am, to remind myself that it doesn't matter what I am not. What are you?
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I am a writer. I did not finish my English degree because I was so dreadfully bored with my professors, but I am a writer. Words seems to float into my mind and leak out of my fingertips before I am aware of their existence. Words control me and though I may not have polish, I am a writer. Instead of an unpolished major-changer, I am an artist.

I am a good friend. I will wake you up with coffee and bring you scented soaps when you are down to your last penny. I will kiss you on the mouth and pour you red wine. Most importantly, I will listen. Instead of a pushover, I am reliable.

I am curator. I will try until it looks right. I will have nothing in a space until the perfect option beckons my senses. Instead of selectively snobbish, I am waiting for loveliness.

I am a mother. I do not have children, but I tend and care for things with a motherly love. I am a mother to words, to pictures, to animals, and to plants. Instead of childless, I am a mother to many.

I am beautiful. I love my frizzy hair and my large hip bones and thick rib cage. Instead of thick and tall, I am graceful and move with the wind.
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I am a positive person. Even when the demons come out to play, I am a dweller on that which is lovely. Speaking negativity causes it to come into fruition. Instead of letting depression clench my throat, I am positive.

I am a lover. I am a lover to my husband, to my family, to my dogs, to the stray cats outside, to books, to words, and to a camera lens.

I am the author of my own life. I need only pick up the pen and write novel of Elizabeth Rose.

I am constantly blooming. Instead of changing my mind all the time, I am evolving into a more mature me.

I am an intelligent being. I am made of flesh and bone and sinew and tendon. Instead of being just another pinpoint on this massive planet Earth, I am an advanced creature who has beaten evolution. With each beautiful thought, which each dance, with each poem, I prove that I have intelligence worth savoring.
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Today, I challenge you, sit down with a pen and paper and just write. Write what you are. Write what makes me you happy. Write what you love about yourself, and treasure those golden little nuggets.

What are you today?

Stay Beautiful,

XOXO Liz

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13 comments

  1. This is such a great post! I think that we all spend to much time thinking about what we aren't instead of appreciating what we are ♥
    Amy xx

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    1. Thank you! This was a good exercise and I think everyone should do it at some point.

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  2. This HAS to be my favourite post from you to date, Liz. I have come across writers with beautiful prose but none quite like yours -- you are honest, you are painfully honest, you are beautifully honest, and the way you spin your words to form a cottony truth from coarse strings is exquisite.

    You asked a question at the end of this post and I am obliged to answer, but I think I'll do it in a post on my blog, if you don't mind me writing a response to this. x

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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    1. Oh my gosh, THANK YOU. I am beyond honored at your praise and desire for a response. Please, please feel free to post anything that blooms from your mind on this same topic as it can only touch others positively. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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  3. What an intelligent idea, I will definitely be writing about what I am. I love this post so much, I might put up something similar on my blog if that's alright

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    1. Thank you kindly. I am so glad you could be touched with the power of positive words. Please feel free to post anything you like on this topic or something similar. Let me know if you do! I would love to read it!

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  4. Fantastic post! So inspiring!

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  5. Wow this blew me away, you really are a writer and I mean it!

    Meme xx

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  6. I am most of the things that you are too! I'm a writer, I'm a positive person, I'm a good friend, I'm a lover, I'm an intelligent being, and I'm also a resourceful person, I'm tough, I'm an empathetic person, and I'm a collector.

    Beautiful post!
    ~Sara

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  7. This post is absolutely beautiful and while I have not yet read Plath's "The Bell Jar," these two words really hit home. It is incredible how powerful 2 words can really be and how they can lead to something really empowering, but also negative and destructive. Will be sharing this post in my roundup!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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    1. Oh wow! I had no idea this post would be so appreciated and I am glad this could hit home for you! Thank you so very kindly for considering my little essay in a roundup.

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  8. This post is absolutely beautiful and while I have not yet read Plath's "The Bell Jar," these two words really hit home. It is incredible how powerful 2 words can really be and how they can lead to something really empowering, but also negative and destructive. Will be sharing this post in my roundup!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

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