The Feeling Of Opening Night Is

The Feeling Of Opening Night Is

There's nothing quite as indescribable as the feeling of an opening night.

Curtains being rigged.

Colors of light being set.

Tapping of actors' pacing feet.

Strings from the orchestra accelerate in volume.

The smell of hairspray and Febreeze linger.

Anticipation consumes the air.

And then one.

The One.

One chance.

One shot.

One performance.

All or nothing.


All the chances to be great.

All the chances to fail.

All the chances to be scared away.


Nothing but a show.

Nothing but what’s past.

Nothing but what could be.

It’s all out there.

Waiting to be seen.

To be heard.

To be felt.

To be shared.

After months

After days

After years

After what feels like years

It all falls into place.

Or so we hope.

We try.

We build.

We rehearse.

We plan.

We improvise.

We create.





Singular sensation.

Feeling of exhilaration.

Pouring out of exhaustion.

Mixture of sweat, tears, and catharsis.

Pain and pleasure.

Love and fear.

Nerves and knowledge.

Giggles and gasps.

Secrets and self-realizations.

All this and more.

Everything and yet nothing,

After that curtain rises.

A bittersweet hello

Foreshadowing a harder goodbye.

But that’s another thought.

For another day.

Another time.

Right we have this.

This time.

This moment.

This hope that has been found.

This light in darkness.

A bottled night of magic

Uncorked and pours in glasses of champagne.

Mirroring the story we told tonight.

One shot.

One breath.

One more?

Hold please.

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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An ode to the little girl raised to be insecure.


They raise little girls to be insecure

Little girls grow to be big girls

People always ask big girls why they're so insecure

Big girls aren't quite sure

Day after day the big girl can't keep up

She's exhausted

Her soul feels worn

The big girl learns to grow hard

In a way, she's a bit stronger

People call her a bitch


What is that?

How can she let that affect her

It's simply the only way to be her

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Hoping that one day

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