Dear Folks,

I just wanted to let you know (in case I haven’t told you numerous times already), that shit just got real in my life and in my world and I am no longer choosing to hold back and hide from the world who I am as a person anymore. You only live once. I embody a lot of things. And it isn’t all rainbows and sunshine all the time. Nothing is. I ask that you accept me for who I am just as I accept you for who you are. I am open to hear anybody out as long as it is without judgment or bashing or diminishing of my character. I have endured enough of that in my life and I do not make it common practice to do the same and return the favor to other people. That’s not what I want so that’s not what we are doing. Don’t waste my time.

I am about contributing to and finding solutions for problems- not making them worse. Despite any outward appearance or the fact that I may come off as abrasive, consider the actuality and reality that I am taking the time to bother making the effort to share these words because I actually care. I have a shit ton of heart and dedication to the things I am passionate about. Therefore, I am allowed say things like “shit” or “hey moron” and should be able to do so without people getting butt hurt. You should hear how people talk to ME and the bullshit that I put up with from people! I am very lenient and forgiving in nature, though. So let’s just cut the bullshit and get right down to it. You want to know why? Because we have serious work to do. And by work, I mean REAL work. It is a soul thing-an inside job. Understand?

That being said, I got to this place and I am here because it is what I am ready for and I can handle whatever gets thrown at me as a result. Believe me. I am fully prepared for people to be human so hard the way that people do. I’ve been observing things and people for years assessing all the realities, circumstances, reactions, responses and injustices and NOTHING surprises me anymore. It is sadly predictable. But I am working AGAINST that grain. Just so we are clear. Loud and clear.

I am not offended at all nor do I take it personal if you disagree with the things that I say or the way I do things. Never in a million years could I genuinely understand your perspective and what makes you perceive things the way that you do through your lenses. I’m worried about keeping my OWN sight focused on my prize and standing firm in doing what I feel I need to do. And I am sorry but nobody gets to tell me otherwise. I am doing me and I encourage you to do you, too WITH AN OPEN MIND. That is the key here. Keep an open mind.

I don’t have time to try on your glasses or wear them for any length of time. However, please speak up if I hurt you in some way. I’m not here to do that. If I speak to something that triggers pain, hurt or an unbearable emotional response in you, please speak up and I can work to correct it or perhaps we can talk through it. NO discussion is off the table for me. It is what I like to do. I am certainly not here to hurt anybody. I simply want to voice my truth in the way I see things and I am not wrong for that. Nobody is. I quite like my lenses and glasses the way that they fit me.

Thank you! I love you. Love yourself. And maybe try to love me, too. Love never hurt anybody. And we are just getting started here. Nice to meet you. My name is Erica.

IMERICA

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