Today I wanted to share with you a poem which helped me face my fears, including traveling solo, during a time I almost felt like giving up on this precious dream. Although I really wanted to travel, I was afraid of traveling alone, the unknown, the risks I might be taking, the outcome, the repercussions on my personal/professional life, etc.

This poem helped me put things in perspective and find the courage I needed to push forward despite my fears. I realized that not matter what the outcome, I would be ok. I just had to have a little faith and at least give it a try.

Hope this poem inspires you to face your fears and make your dreams come true!!

A Litany for Survival by Audre Lorde

For those of us who live at the shoreline
standing upon the constant edges of decision
crucial and alone

For those of us who cannot indulge
the passing dreams of choice
who love in doorways coming and going
in the hours between dawns
looking inward and outward
at once before and after
seeking a now that can breed
like bread in our children's mouths
so their dreams will not reflect
the death of ours

For those of us
who were imprinted with fear
like a faint line in the center of our foreheads
learning to be afraid with our mother's milk
for by this weapon
this illusion of some safety to be found
the heavy-footed hoped to silence us

For all of us
this instant and this triumph
We were never meant to survive.

And when the sun rises we are afraid
it might not remain
When the sun sets we are afraid
it might not rise in the morning

When our stomachs are full we are afraid
of indigestion
When our stomachs are empty we are afraid
we may never eat again

When we are loved we are afraid
love will vanish
When we are alone we are afraid
love will never return

And when we speak we are afraid
our words will  not be heard
nor welcomed
but when we are silent
we are still afraid.

So it is better to speak
We were never meant to survive.


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