The quote above is by Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese poet who was my grandpa's favorite author and whose simple words somehow never fail to reach deep into my heart in ways that even the most ornately polished proverbs cannot. When I came across these words this evening, I realized all at once what I've known but not understood for weeks: I've created so many commitments for myself that, between these constructs of my own and my academic responsibilities, I'm not leaving myself enough time to live a truly satisfying life. I want to do well in my classes - but more than that, I need to remind myself of what it feels like to run on a dirt trail, lie in wet grass, cook a good meal, take a bubble bath, and read a favorite book in bed.
This means a couple of things for you, dear readers: you're probably overwhemed by the sheer volume of swatches I've just posted all at once, as well as wondering what you can expect from here on out. Well, I want to clear out my clutter, because I know that mental and emotional peace is easier to find when I don't have to look for it under every pile of clothes, box of tissue paper, textbook, and traincase in my room, and that means, in part, getting rid of a lot of the cosmetics I've accumulated since I started blogging. Hence, I've posted everything I have left to post at the moment so I can consider myself done with these items and they can go in the "out" pile. (Oh, who am I kidding? It's an "out" mountain.) As for the other piece: no, I'm not abandoning the blog; you just might not see as much of me for a little while as I start to remove all this figurative duct tape covering the holes in my life and search for the pieces that will actually fit and ultimately fill those voids.
Thank you, and I'll see you again one day soon. :)