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Real Life Reflections by Amy & Friends

Squeezed between

Squeezed between

At that age where your energies are pulled Raising kids into adulthood While also helping parents into aging I observe my friends Frayed from the strain Worry cast in all directions This is a particularly exhausting time Both parties crave their independence Yet both...

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Toil and Soil

Toil and Soil

I don’t mind working hard, never have Putting in the effort, slogging through the tough times All part of the process I think of it like gardening Lots of variables at play for success You gotta do the work, or nothing will come to fruition There can be a point of...

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Doing hard things

Doing hard things

Stretching beyond our comfort zone Out on that edge Nerve-wracking stuff in the moment As adults, it’s so easy to get comfortable Stay safe, take it easy The illusion of having earned that complacency Hell, it could even be described as self care While running full...

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Dark night of the soul

Dark night of the soul

The Universe was tapping me on the shoulder But I wasn’t listening Too busy plowing through life The way I always had I started to fracture Unable to maintain the facade Pieces falling away in chunks A metaphor reinforced by physical manifestations Hair falling out at...

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Ever happier

Ever happier

It’s been 3 months Since we said I Do A fun day, no doubt But every day since, even better Three months spent deepening a love That prompted us to do this marriage thing A concept that was furthest from our minds Until Us happened This isn’t the perfect situation...

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Actor playing a role

Actor playing a role

We tend to think of our lives Our professionals ones anyway As if we are actors, playing our part Passively accepting the lines we’ve been given to speak Others directing our actions Our very thoughts and emotions Scripted, to fit the scene We call them roles Further...

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Who am I to complain

Who am I to complain

I get it, the world is a mess Others have it worse You look at your situation and think I have stability Nothing here sets my heart on fire But it’s fine, I’m ok I should be grateful for what I have There it is. The “should” word Sigh In my experience “should” has led...

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Elegant woman

Elegant woman

I see you, she who carries herself with such grace Making it look effortless Once one gets to know you It becomes clear there is more than meets the eye This is not luck nor fate You are like this on purpose Seemingly simply demure and agreeable While extremely...

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The easy life

The easy life

I thought life was supposed to get easier at some point The struggle was “going somewhere” That I would “make it” someday Evidently not Instead, good and bad stuff are happening concurrently Intermingled highs and lows No straight line to anywhere What a relief This...

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Cleaning house

Cleaning house

Getting rid of stuff Old memories Obligations from the past Bagged, ready to go It’s been a process A long, protracted one Peeling back layers of feelings, emotions It’s not about the things It never is I lived in a world of lack Despite the ability to provide A...

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