#BeReal – PETER M. OLSEN

My #BeReal guest today is Peter M. Olsen.   Masks We all wear masks. Some are subtle. Some are hidden. Mine couldn’t be more obvious. Long hair, 20 pounds overweight, scruffy beard. The mask I wear is made from self-hatred and depression and scars. My mask tells me that I am ugly…So very fucking ugly.…

UNCLEAR

So many of us have an unclear perspective of ourselves.  We can’t see what other people see.  Why?  Well… We all see things differently. For every 10 people who find me unattractive another 10 will find me average and yet another 10 will find me beautiful.  I think the trick is to practice selective listening.…

#BeReal – SHAWN HENFLING

My #BeReal guest today is Shawn Henfling. “I don’t need to be Michael Jordan but I’d at least like to be in the NBA.” I don’t like myself. Rather, I don’t like who I think I am. I can’t really hate myself because I don’t know who “myself” is. I’ve gotten through 38 years of…

#BeReal – CARYL

My #BeReal guest today is Caryl. I relate so much to my guest today.  I have very little else to say because she says it so well. Thank you Caryl for being honest and vulnerable.  Thank you for being beautifully real and your smile was the first thing I noticed. 🙂   Who am I?…

#BeReal—MARY ROWEN

My #BeReal guest today is Mary Rowen. I pass people everyday and wonder what they are like.  This series is taking an image of a person and then we tell you their story.  Not a made up fictional story about how that person would like to be seen but their deep truths.  People are revealing what they believe makes…

#BEREAL – ACCIDENTALLY REFLECTIVE

Today’s #BeReal guest is Accidentally Reflective. So far we have had images of people to go along with each post but today our guest will remain anonymous.  This does not make her any less real.  Perhaps it allows her to be even more real. Hasty Words asked this question recently as part of her inspiring…

#BeReal – KATIE CROSS

My #BeReal guest today is Katie Cross. I relate to so much of what Katie writes.  I love her honesty and her inner conversation isn’t foreign to me.  Thank you for your perspective Katie. The older you get, the more you understand how your conscience works. The biggest and only critic lives in your perception…

#BeReal – JESI SCOTT

My #BeReal guest today is Jesi Scott. What would your soul look like if it could be seen? Jesi has a lot to say and it’s all very deeply personal and thought provoking. Thank you Jesi for writing for this series.  For being so vulnerable. This is me when I was about 13 or 14: This is…

#BeReal – KERRY KIJEWSKI

My #BeReal guest today is Kerry Kijewski. I started this series to showcase real people with real struggles doing real people things.  I don’t want my daughter to spend her time trying to keep up with some invisible standard.  Our children deserve a future full of real people to look up to.  Real people like…

ANOTHER PRETTY FACE

Lost between worlds Drifting through time I sit and watch as Another pretty face Catches your eyes Another sweet voice Engages your time Another set of curves Capture your mind Infinite crossed lines I can’t define, won’t No amount of love Can cover the pain Of not measuring up Of falling too short No amount…