contrast

black
and
white

sea
and
land

life
and
death

here
and
there

in a lot of ways
i find myself constantly wanting to match
match clothes
sentence structures
gifts
ideas
choices

everything

i find myself wanting
wishing
hoping
for something different
yet the same

something different from the person i am
yet the same as someone who already lives and breathes
what i strive for

we live in a compare and contrast world

we compare
based on socially constructed ideas
for instance
the magazine covers of toned, celebrity bodies
or the newest fads and trends
are just some of the many things
people compare themselves to

“if she does it, then i should too”
“why don’t i look like that?”
“how are their lives so perfect?”

we contrast
intentionally or non-intentionally
the people who differ from the rest
can be just at the brink of wanting to be like the rest
or have gained self acceptance and pride
for who they are

“why do i need to change? we are all beautiful”
instead of
“change is an imminent necessity”

in a day and age
of black and white
sea and land
life and death
here and there
the ideas we base these comparisons on
are constantly changing

what was beautiful
thousands of years ago
remains starkly different
from the things we value now

it’s a wonder
that we haven’t recognized this contrast
and seen the changes we make everyday
the changes we have made for centuries
and the changes we have yet to establish

shhh
don’t get lost in the foreground.

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