Free

“I’m done.” Her house keys landed on the entryway dresser for the final time. She noted how the jingle made its usual ‘welcome home’ sound…

Yet she was running in the other direction.

“I’m finished.” He pulled up in his tattered red station wagon, the homiest sight that could have welcomed her. The screen door clicked, an outcry sounded from the kitchen, her jean jacket hugged her protectively.

The single suitcase she toted was fastened to the car roof in the same amount of time it had taken her to decide she was through.

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“You’re finished?” Her best friend raised his eyebrows, so nonchalantly, like she was merely deciding which soda she wanted to order.

The seatbelts clicked, the gear shift went into drive, the road was wide open before her.

“Never again.” She flicked on her sunglasses, avoiding the rear view like a seasoned pro. Her smile reflected mirth seasoned with regret in the glare of the noonday sun. “I… am…”

His fingers stretched forward, mirroring the sun’s rays over the auburn steering wheel as he said: “Free.”

FREEDOM. LIBERATION. THE NEXT CHAPTER. NEW BEGINNINGS. THESE WORDS, PHRASES, AND MORE ARE HOW THIS STORY CAN BE DEFINED.
Being set free from the chains that bind us come from a beautiful combination of important factors:

  • One or more persons caring for us.
  • The desire to be set free.
  • The legal and situational means to do so.
  • The ingenuity and bravery to leave optional pain behind.
  • Opportunity and timing.
  • Hope for the future.
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What does being free mean? I see it as freedom from our circumstances, the ability to navigate our emotions, and the strength to live our lives in such a way that our surroundings do not define us.  

There are greater things for us on the other side of our fear, hesitation, and greatest doubts. There’s a beautiful life we can lead that does not include anxiety, worry, and not trusting ourselves. It begins with the ability to recognize the actions we can take today, guiding us toward freedom with every small step.

WHATEVER IS HOLDING YOU BACK IN LIFE IS WORTHY OF YOUR ATTENTION. You can seek freedom from any number of things. Pursue it with everything you are! Do right by yourself, care for those who love you, and live every day seeking the peace and freedom you can live and reside in. I love you! Don’t ever give up 💕

It’s about time I introduced myself! Hi there 👋 I’m Maggie! I’m a blogger who’s passionate about writing, all things creative, and making a positive impact on the world! I have absolutely loved getting to share my writing on D’s blog today. Thank you so much for reading it!

After I saw her post inviting others to participate in her Thoughts Gallery, with the intention of showcasing write-ups that leave an impact, this story hit me!! I immediately got out my phone, typed the whole thing out, then got to writing the guest post in full.

There was so much more I wanted to say in Free than I did. I intentionally left out many of the little details that would have fit the story, but I realized what a beautiful opportunity Free gives me to talk about freedom!

I want you, the reader, to hang on every word of Free and find yourself in it. What’s her story? What’s YOUR story? What is she seeking freedom from? Where is she going? All of these poised questions and more are the beginning of what I hope to be a journey of exploration for you. Fill in all of the details and understand Free in your own way!

I can’t wait to chat with you guys in the comments, and while you’re at it, check out the rest of D’s incredible blog! Random Specific Thoughts is seriously one of the coolest poetry blogs around 😍❤️

Thank you, thank you again for reading!
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PARTS ABOUT ‘FREE’? WHAT ARE YOU SEEKING FREEDOM FROM?
LET’S CHAT IN THE COMMENTS!

Dear Mr. Pink Monk,

hello hello hello!

Hello everyone! Mr. Pink Monk here, from a room drenched in the day’s first rays, to share with you all a wonderfully pleasant surprise I had today – a letter! An actual handwritten letter from none other than my new friend – Waffle Pecan! He’s also a part of Build A Bears Furever, the best stuffie blog there is! I can’t wait to read what he’s got to say!

Dear Mr. Pink Monk,

Hello! I hope you are doing well. I believe we arrived at our respective owner’s houses around the same time, so I thought it might be fun to be pen pals! 

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Waffle Pecan. I live with my parents, and my younger brother Theo. I love him dearly, but he can be a bother. I love baking, talking to friends, and teaching others. Tell me a bit about yourself!

I’m going to tell you some about my day. Firstly, I had some errands to run, so I drove to the store. Er, well, my mom drove to the store. I’m only 10! It was fun to pretend to drive though.

We went to the bookstore first. I found this fun Disney themed book that I’m excited about, though I haven’t started to read it yet. Reading is a fun hobby, don’t you think?

Here’s my favorite part – grocery shopping! I love perusing the aisles of fresh produce and meats. Like I mentioned earlier, I like cooking. Along with that I have a love of food. Yummy! Okay, now I’m hungry! Tonight I’m going to cook a ham casserole. Delish. Do you like to cook? I bet you like banana bread.

My least favorite part of shopping, wearing masks. They aren’t very fun to wear. But oh well, I suppose this is our reality for a while.

Whew, after shopping Mom treated me to a drink from Sonic!

Look at how big the drink is compared to me! It was huge. I loved every sip though.

Now that I’ve told you a little about me, I’m so excited to learn about you! So tell me Mr. Pink Monk, what makes you you?

Your friend,
Waffle Pecan


Click here to read my response to Waffle’s lovely letter!

D here; this was a collaboration with Diamond @ Build A Bears Furever who recently celebrated her fourth blogiversary! I was so glad when my stuffie friend (Pink Monk) received a letter from her stuffie, Waffle!
She’s an amazing friend and artist who has a wonderful, homely blog where she chronicles the lives of her bears along with writing fascinating features like photostories and superhero stories!

Source: Build A Bears Furever
Hehe, I drew her a unicorn!

And just popping in real quick to let you all know that Maggie (@maggie’s doodles) celebrated her birthday yesterday! She’s one of my closest friends here and a few of us got together to plan a doodle-y surprise for her where we each drew her a doodle of our own, which Evin very kindly compiled into a post here! Make sure you head over here to wish her a very happy birthday!

Thoughtfully yours,
Introverted Thoughts aka D and Mr. Pink Monk

Let it flow, let it bloom // Introducing Thoughts Gallery!

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”
― Leo Tolstoy, The Kreutzer Sonata

Let it flow, Let it bloom

In glory of nocturnal hopes,
We set down in hearts of stone;
Memories of promised dreams,
And arm ourselves
With our voices
To cure decades of injustice
.

As we let go
Of whispers from the past,
We make room for words left unsaid,
As new wills and
Dreams are birthed.

Bear witness, we do
To the petals that drip
Blood, sweat and tears;
As we build a new world
To let souls of beauty, flow and bloom
.

“The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.”
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


Source: Wikipedia

Observed in April of every year, “Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is an annual campaign to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate communities and individuals on how to prevent sexual violence.” {Wikipedia}

Jasmine @ Rose Tinted Spectacles shared a heartfelt write regarding the same, something I believe would resonate with almost everyone at some level or the other. Sadly, as she says, this is not a rare event or limited to just women. Sexual Assault is yet another growing evil, that needs to be eliminated at the roots possibly through awareness, education and precautionary steps along with stronger implementation of laws and rules. Speak out against it whenever required; maintaining an apathetic attitude towards issues like this just fuels their growth and prevalence.

Moving onto a lighter note, after a good bout of overthinking, I’m so excited to introduce you to Thoughts Gallery! This is basically a takeover/guest posting week which will happen in the third week of every month (Thursdays and Sundays unless mentioned otherwise) where I’ll share, reblog or exhibit one of your posts!

How this works is you can send any one of your posts, previously published or not, and I’ll post it here. Takeover implies whoever posts on that day gets to take over Random Specific Thoughts for that day, I won’t say or write anything in the post (including responding to any comments it may receive!). The blog is all yours for the day!

I think this is a great way to expand the diversity of posts on here, get to know more writers (and personally, it’s also a weekly hiatus for me!)

A few things to be noted are, reviews (of books, products or anything else) are not encouraged and posts you send in should have a good takeaway or provide a good reading experience. Make sure you also include a short bio somewhere in the post!

If you’re interested, please fill in the form below or click here! I look forward to seeing you here!

Thoughtfully yours,
Introverted Thoughts aka D

Peer Pressure

Thank you so much for tagging me, asic! She has a wonderfully diverse blog where she talks about her current obsessions, interests, favourites and more. Check it out here!

(I was tagged for this tag in the beginning of February. Sorry, asic!)

Rules

➼Link back to the creator {Random Thoughts of My Fandoms}
➼Provide a link to the person who tagged you {asic}
➼Answer all questions honestly.
➼Come up with 5 questions of your own. (4 have to be about peer pressure; 1 can be random and about whatever)
➼Tag at least 10 people and provide links to their blog, please no “you!”
➼Recommend at least 5 books or songs you see everywhere/are very popular that you’ve read or listened to.
➼Use the hashtag #peer pressure tag for easier visibility

Wow, looks like I’m going to be breaking a few rules for the first time (Sorry, Zoë!)

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Moving onto the questions!

1. Have you ever been pressured to do something that ended up having a positive effect?

I haven’t technically been pressured to do anything but I have been persuaded to go to certain gatherings and meet people. Most end up catastrophic but yes, some end up with positive outcomes, not a positive effect. I like it when the people I’m around ask me questions other than ‘How is school?’ or say “I haven’t seen you in so long! Remember me?‘ An event where that doesn’t happen is a very positive day.

2. How do you combat pressure?

I think it depends on the type of pressure and I owe all my treasure trove of pressure to school. So, I either complete the school work that’s weighing me down or if I have time to spare, I write, read, draw or listen to music.

3. If your friend was being pressured into something, how would you help them?

This is such a vague question. It depends on what they are being pressured into and by whom? Considering the present, I don’t have a lot of friends and the few I have are very easy going people and don’t seem to be under pressure. The only pressure that’s weighing us down is school, and that is something most students live with and have their own way of dealing with. If the friend in question was having a hard time learning a new concept or something, I would help them understand it.

4. Now, how do you think a person should combat pressure?

Again, I really think it depends on the person. Some find talking very liberating and it’s their way of easing pressure off their lives. Others like taking a break from life and spending a whole day indulged in hobbies and me time. And yet others find comfort in certain forms of art like singing or writing. I think all forms are good as long as they don’t harm the person and those around them.

5. If you could change one choice you made from being pressured into something, what would it be?

Haha, in most cases, it’s me who’s pressuring myself. The last choice I pressured myself into was sending a poem (a terrible one, but I secretly like it now because it has a fun memory attached to it) to a literary journal. I don’t know why I did it, I was feeling very reckless and it was 1 am. I posted it here when the same recklessness graced me with its presence! (The journal rejected it, obviously)

6. What do you think is the worst type of pressure a person could face? Any type of pressure qualifies!

The pressure to meet expectations. I’m not saying it’s completely bad but it seems to be more powerful in hurting people than other types of pressure.

7. Have you ever felt pressure while blogging?

Haha, no! I was writing before I started blogging, so I don’t feel too pressured to sit down or have no need to force myself to write something for this blog alone. I have never done that and hope I don’t, because that kills what writing means to me. Scheduling posts help too. Now that I’m in grade 12, I don’t spend as much time on my blog as I used to and scheduling posts helps Random Specific Thoughts stay active and on schedule.

But a long hiatus is on it’s way sadly.

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8. This is kind of an open-ended question- do you think peer pressure is good or bad?

Both. It’s bad when people start hating themselves because they’re different from their peers. It’s good when it makes a person competitive (in a good way) and motivates them to work harder. I’ve been on both ends and I feel like one makes up for the other.

9. Song and book recommendations:

BOOKSSONGS
The Hate You Give | Angie ThomasBefore You Go // Lewis Capaldi
To Kill A Mockingbird | Harper LeeFalling // Harry Styles
Wonder | R.J PalacioHolding On // The Lumineers
A Wrinkle in Time | Madeline L’engleAfterglow // Ed Sheeran
Alice in Wonderland | Lewis CarrollWelcome to Wonderland // Anson Seabra
The Harry Potter series | J.K RowlingThe Circle Game // Joni Mitchell
Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontëexile // Taylor Swift
Becoming | Michelle ObamaOne More Light // Linkin Park

10. (Random Question)
Will you think about tagging me for another tag(say yes for brownie points!)?
Also, what do you think about pineapple on pizza?

(I believe I already have!)
I haven’t tried it. I’m not very fond of food and usually refrain from trying out new food combinations. I’m sorry but I think pineapple on pizza sounds wrong.


I tag:

Meg
Maggie
Shanessa
Moi Ana
Anna
Haley
Please feel free to do this tag if you find it interesting!
I’m passing on the same questions from asic’s post!

Thoughtfully yours,
Introverted Thoughts aka D

Catching up on Tags!

The Small Joys Tag

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I was very kindly tagged for the Small Joys Tag by Steve and Muffin over @ Steve’s Country. Make sure you check out his blog here where he shares amazing nature pics and stories featuring his clever cat, Muffin!

Only 3 Rules:

Thank the blogger who nominated you.
List fifteen of your small joys!
Nominate five other blogger friends who bring you joy.

Here are my 15 small joys!

1.Reading (Books, blog posts, articles, poems etc.)
2.Writing (Stories, poems, articles, random paragraphs etc.)
3.Sketching, preferably cartoon characters or characters from books. Lately, I’ve been trying out portraits too. If you’d like to see some, please check out my art page here!
4.Evening walks with my mom, and pet dog. Cloudy days are an added bonus!
5.Rainy days (who doesn’t like those?)
6.Music, preferably songs by Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi or Avril Lavigne.
7.The new book smell.
8.The sound typewriters make as you type on them.
9.The crunchy sound dry leaves make as you walk over them.
10.”No school” days.
11.Dark and starry nights.
12.Having lots to write; notes, assignments and such.
13.Researching, preferably on topics that are still being explored.
14.Watching birds fly in formation. They look so cool when they do that!
15.Mixing paint and water and painting on random bits and pieces. My table is a huge mess. It is so embarrassing when my teachers get to see it during virtual classes.

I tag:

Reese@Blogging with Reese
Srisha@Sky and Soil
Rae Longest @ blogging807
Beloved Amy@Amy’s Musica
Maggie @ Chicadee Lover Maggie
xoxlucy@Lifestyle Addict
Lizzie @ Above The Clouds
Blunt Pathway
moinunfel@Day in and out with Gelina
I know it said 5 but I don’t see why a tag like this should be limited to just 5. So..

So, that was all for that tag! A huge thank you to Steve and Muffin for this tag and for the reminder that one can never run out of joys!


The Lockdown Tag

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I was tagged for the Lockdown Tag by Tia @ Tall Blonde Tales. Tia is an amazing friend, an awesome blogger and a fellow bookworm! Make sure you check out her blog here. I was also tagged for the same by Joana @ Gigantic Thought Bubble. Joana has a wonderful lifestyle blog and her poems are an absolute pleasure to read!

Rules: 

Thank the person who nominated you!
Answer the blogger’s questions.
Nominate other bloggers.

Both of them gave the same questions! Given below are my answers:

1.Overall, how are you handling the quarantine? 
I think I’m doing okay. The only thing I miss are the little drives we used to go on as a family.

Have you violated any of the restrictions? If yes, what rule(s) did you break? 
No, I hardly leave my house.

What viral recipes have you tried during the lockdown? 
ZERO. I’m terrible at cooking. It’s a disaster everytime I attempt something in the kitchen. I used to like baking but almost everything that I baked ended up unfit for human consumption. So..

What activities have you missed the most during quarantine?
None, really. Just the drives as I mentioned before. Also, we used to visit a bookstore in the summer break but we couldn’t do that this year. So, I missed that too.
 
Do you wear a mask when you leave the house? 
I don’t leave the house but I most definitely would wear a mask were I to step out of my house.

Are you an essential worker? If yes, what is your job title? 
I don’t think I am. My efforts are currently for grades alone, they don’t benefit the society…yet. My ‘job title’ would be a student, I guess?

How do you exercise during the lockdown? 
Hehe, guilty of not exercising at all. I do go on occasional walks with my mother in the evening. Walking is an exercise, so..

Have you subscribed to any new subscription services since the lockdown started? 
No.

What did/does your daily schedule look like before the pandemic started? 
The only change is in the school part. Before the pandemic, I used to wake up at 7 am, but now waking up at 8 am is more than sufficient. Also, I stay up later than I used to.

Do you think that the pandemic is getting better or worse? 
I don’t really know but I would say the condition is closer to the ‘worse end of the spectrum than it is to the ‘better’ one. It seems to be fluctuating. Right when you think it’s getting better, the highest number of cases are recorded the next day. But I truly hope it gets better soon.

What have you learnt/become grateful for during the lockdown? 
I’m recognising the importance and value of time, family and impermanence. This lockdown is teaching me so much more than 12 years of school could have taught me.

How do you think the world should learn from this pandemic so that things are better in the future? 
We are already learning the importance of working together, looking past the boundaries that society, caste and culture established a long time ago. I think maybe, organisations everywhere could experiment more with similar strands of viruses in a highly controlled environment and find what kills them and governments could maybe work on creating a reserve of backup medical supplies and build well-equipped quarantine facilities. This would at least ensure we would be prepared in the face of another global attack although hopefully, this is the last of the kind.

I tag:


Rae Longest @ blogging807
Zoewiezoe
Renee @ Renee’s Unique Mind
Brittany @ Mind. Beauty. Simplicity.
Sara @ Sara’s Glossary
Malaika @ The Silent Thoughts
3yellowdaisies

You can use the same questions I answered!

As I had mentioned in an earlier post, this blog was made award free as school has made it a point to take up most of my time which is why I haven’t followed up on those.Not to mention the fact that I’m a tad too lazy to answer so many questions. I am immensely grateful for all the award nominations I have received and truly appreciate your kind gestures.

I would once again like to thank Steve, Muffin, Tia and Joana for tagging me for all these amazing tags! That was all for this post. Happy Thursday!