Poetry & Blog

“Would you relocate for love?” “What brings you joy?”

I got to take part in this really cool experience yesterday. I got to talk to thousands (and when I say thousands I really mean it) of Zimbabweans about things that interested me. (Via a snapchat platform called @263ZimConnect) I talked about mental health, because that’s my baby. However, along the way I got asked questions about who I am. I couldn’t answer all of them, but I did write down my favorite ones, and here they are!

1. What is your ideal day like?

Waking up around 9am. Going for a walk/run. Doing yoga. Spending time with people that lift me up. Loving on my sister. Reading. Writing. Lounging.

2. What brings you joy?

Emotionally intelligent individuals. Yoga. When people share their accomplishments with me. Being alone brings me joy. Writing. Reading. Day dreaming. Feeling. Loving on my sister! Kissing. Snuggles. Good conversations. Tea—and lots of it. Feeling beautiful brings me joy.

3. What’s the one thing you’d like to change about yourself?

I’d believe in me more. Love me more. Trust me more. I’d have more faith in who I am and what I stand for. I’d just like to know me better.

4. Do you usually stay friends with your exes?

In a perfect world I would. I wish it was possible. I find is strange that I can connect with another human and when it ends be forced to take a step back. What happens to all that leftover love? Where does it go?

5. Would you relocate for love?

I’m the type of person that’d do anything for true love. Love with be the death of me. I’ll go down smiling.

6. What’s the one thing people always misunderstand about you?

People think I am an extrovert. I only am because I choose to be. I think in high school and the early years of college I did a lot of pretending. I wanted to be this girl that knew everyone, and liked everyone, and talked to everyone. But, in all honestly I find human interactions exhausting. I like space. Quiet. Solitude. The best thing about being best friends with Erin is that we can be quiet together. I’m one of those people that needs to reboot after interacting with people for long periods of time.

7. What did your last relationship teach you?

If someone hurts you it’s because you allowed them to.

8. What will people say at your funeral?

They’ll say that I was strong and resilient. They’ll say that I took each day with a smile on my face. They’ll say that I loved often and loved hard.

9. If you could ask a single person one question, and they had to answer it truthfully. What would you ask?

“Who do you love, and how do you love them?”

10. Do you think you’re beautiful?

Maybe If I threw away all the societal standards of beauty.

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