It’s a tricky word.

Something we try to avoid

but that we all are.

Our lives, our interests,

our secrets, our passions,

safely guarded against judgment.


What frightens us?

We are all strange.

We are all unique.

So why do we judge?

Are we so full of self-loathing

that we lash out at others?

In defense of what…ourself?


Embrace the strange, the weird.

Be younique.

Be vulnerable.

In vulnerability, there is understanding.

There is clarity, a lack of judgment.

But mostly, there is you.


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