Substitute for anything

I’ve committed to a religious self-examination of my own ego,
and while trying to appreciate the world around me,
in my observations of the self,
I’ve had a demi-epiphany, semi-insight, and an all-around, general realization, which may come as no surprise to you.

Beauty is not real.
It’s just something I perceive.

Which means,
I am capable
of seeing the beauty in things.

And perhaps I even put it there,
in ways that I don’t even realize I need.

The absence of such pick-me-ups might otherwise wear me down
and make me weak until I’m too stressed out
to keep myself from crying at the office–

What I mean is
perception is reality.

Though I am not in command of life,
and obstacles emerge,

I have the opportunity to respond,
and control completely
how I treat myself.


About Jessica Lee

Jessica is a twenty-something poet who performs most of her work on stage in Spoken Word. She has found writing therapeutic since she was child, and has pursued it ceaselessly. She enjoys writing even the most fleeting thoughts and dreams as SensicalRavings. Between long retail shifts, she enjoys writing observational pieces (always with a slant) of locally relevant subjects as ALLGainesville. If you appreciate inspiring, coming-of-age suppositions, become a follower. Though it's not always roses, it's raw!

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