Submitted Date 02/09/2019

Introspection: Introspection is a disease as much as it is a blessing. Without it, we fall apart not knowing who we are or what we stand for. We lose a tangible grasp on our being, our beliefs, our mind. But on the flip side, with too much of it, we lose track of life, lose sight of what it is like to be a human being.


Human being: A human being is what you are, your integral being down to the smallest particles you are made up of. But it is also the larger parts of us: our conversations with others, our interactions with the world around us, our souls.


Soul: A soul is what you make of it. It could be spiritual, transcendental, minimal, religious, scientific, or nonexistent. You could offer up your internal thoughts to the Lord, to yourself, to the others around you, or even nothing at all.


All: All is a collective being. It could be the grouping of souls, as in joining souls with everyone at a church service every Sunday morning. It could be the compilation of students in a classroom to come to a final answer. Or it could be the unity of two lovers on their wedding day.


Day: A simple division of a man-made 24 hour span. The time when the majority of the world hunkers over a computer to do mindless work, tires away with manual labor, or otherwise occupies their time before the coming of night.


Night: The other division of the man-made 24 hour span. The time when the majority of the world rests, mourns, weeps, or wastes until the coming of the next day. The time where the world resets itself and people can take deep breaths and unwind from the stresses of the brighter, busier half.


Half: A separation, a division, a severance. Whether a portioning of food, a link of two souls, a unit of time; half represents an incomplete, a broken, a piece of a whole. Whether or not this whole is meant to be filled or reunited is up to question.


Question: A lingering phrase without answer. Often rhetorical, but seldom purposefully unanswered. An inquisition that requires a response. A prospect that represents an unknown being. Never dumb, but often feared.


Fear: A terror that causes shivering, shaking, and quaking. A fright that induces emotional and psychological trauma. An aversion to an otherwise unharmful object or action. Sometimes real and sometimes fake.


Fake: Unreal, forced, and counterfeit. Not representative of a real being, and oftentimes misleading. Never wanted, but typically used. Is it me? Is it the true version of myself? Who am I? What is my life? I must look inwards to figure it out…

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  • Tomas Chough 5 months ago

    Interesting views and perspectives Grace! Thanks for sharing!

    • grace 5 months ago

      Thanks so much for reading!

  • Miranda Fotia 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    I love the way the last word of each sentence starts the next category. It is organized very much in the same way as one's thought processes during introspection. Very clever!

    • grace 4 months, 4 weeks ago

      I'm glad it came across the way I wanted! I'm glad you read it and enjoyed it!