Typically I enjoy a reliable insomnia. However the other night I passed out from emotional exhaustion and slept soundly and without interruption. What prompted this blessed sleep was a back to back episode of overwhelming emotional extremes that hit back to back. I was suddenly incredibly sad and depressed in a bout of rumination, remembering … Continue reading The Limits of Emotional Capacity
These past few weeks have been disastrous. During that time, I reached out to an old friend of my father's nationality out of sheer desperation because I was in a situation and place where I didn't know anyone nor did I have any means to help myself out of the situation. After explaining the seriousness … Continue reading The Gilded Narrative
This past weekend I spent a few days with some strangers touring around the east side of the island. The idea was that it was supposed to be a spiritual retreat. And while I know plenty of people come here just for tourism, so they can get some likes on their Instagram feed, it really … Continue reading The Tourist
A dangerous form of "feminism" I've seen is the brand where a woman must become "sexually liberated" in order to regain her power. This is a feature of liberal or western feminism. The problem with this is that a woman is still seeking power from outside herself and it is a form of validation which … Continue reading False Liberation
I've grown up in a mainly post 9/11 world so most of my travel happened after, hence; came with all of the bigotry, bias, and ignorance that followed. Since Trump's election, I've had many friends, Muslims, Latinxs, POCs who have either wanted to get the heck out of dodge or who have been too afraid … Continue reading Traveling While?
As a person who suffers with depression and other mental health issues I can tell you that, at least in my own experience, pushing one's self is not always possible. That's the number one thing I hear, "You just have to keep pushing yourself!", "Keep trying!", or "It's all in your head!" You get the … Continue reading Wearing Islamic Dress for Depression