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It's Shanti, your queer baby sister here! 

Ashanti Marshall is a digital archivist, experiential writer and staff scribe at For The Scribes, spearheading Recovering Softcover, an advice column catering to writers and their inner woes within their craft and themselves. Based in Chicago, being a fat, black queer and femme moment in time. Their relationship to the practice of understanding makes room for explorations, experimentations, mistakes, failures and curiosities in their writing. Connect with them on Twitter and Instagram asking you all the right, real, riveting questions.

 

PRISMS

PRISMS

We are all imperfect in our own ways. I’m perfect. You’re imperfect. He’s imperfect. She’s imperfect. They’re imperfect. We’re all imperfect. We’re all here to get over certain things, encounter certain things, grow through certain stages. We’re all here to get along with ourselves and stand alongside and support the fellow man, woman, child, folx in their journeys too.

Support not suppression into an ideal that limits individuality.

Support not sacrifice of…

Support not submission to…

To be aware of your journey and coexist in that sameness on another’s journey with support and strength is the goal of Life. We are within ourselves first before we stand beside anyone or anything.

Sometimes we need things that are not righteous to find our way through, that’s the balance in Life. You are not going to satisfy everyone, neither are your choices. This understanding is a conscious and constant forgiveness. Possibly, a Universal truth.

Satisfy yourself without doing harm to anybody else.

Satisfy yourself without doing harm to anybody else.

Satisfy yourself without doing harm to anybody else.

Worry about the levels you’re growing into and out of. Understand when something (or someone) has a shelf-life and move on.

Everyone has their own struggles and that’s real as fuck. Everyone has their own struggles and they’re real as fuck. Maybe realer than the next person but that doesn’t make it fact, just your truth based on your perspective.

It isn’t all about the accolades, it’s for the journey too. What are you doing with both: the accolade and the journey? Make every loss a win by learning something that contributes to your wellness. Don’t call anyone anything but their name, just because their behavior contradicts your moral beliefs. This is a problem because your idea of righteousness isn’t going to mirror someone else’s. How do you still seek understanding? It starts with the decision to want to decenter your objective to be correct, what more are your seeking for yourself?

What else can be allowed as truth?
Your perspective is based on your experiences. No one is living your life but you. You can’t live any other life but yours.

BONESHAKER BY FRANCES BODOMO

BONESHAKER BY FRANCES BODOMO

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