Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Happy Post

Writing provides an outlet for when I'm feeling down or conflicted or unsure how to express myself in any other way.  Consequently this blog often takes on a tone that is not representative of my life in general.

For the written record:

Wonder and joy fill my daily life.
Even when tired, even when disheartened, even when sad,
Small children bathe me in brightness and love beyond fault,
Their father soothing me with sweet words of support and humor.

I won't pretend to have a perfect life.
I do have dreams longing to be fulfilled.
But I have a home and a family.

It's occurred to me recently that the melancholy I had been experiencing was related to a pessimistic view of the world.  Related to a belief that things won't change, related to guilt over my material comforts - experienced as the direct and indirect oppression of someone else (an unknown factory worker in China, an underpaid sales clerk in Halifax, etc.).  Privilege itself maybe isn't the problem, but complacency.

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