GrayMatter

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Thrifty Word Challenge 100 #60: Nostalgia

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The impending Spring brings about memories of playing basketball in the driveway while carefully navigating the few patches of melting ice left so inconsiderately by brutal Michigan winters.

I remember watching the 90’s Chicago Bulls and immediately going outside to practice after a game.

Michael Jordan and the crew recorded…

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Thrifty Word Challenge 100 #57: Blueprint

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Blueprint.

Perfectly crafted models permanently altered by trauma.

I used to think I would live until I was 100.

Now, some days, I wonder if I’ll make it to 37.

Brain chemistry shifts when subconsciously perceived fears reach beyond certain levels of stability.

These plans do not leave space for…

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Thrifty Word Challenge 100 #54: Impulse Control

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I was diagnosed at 4 years old.

Was it ADHD, childhood trauma, or was I just a regular, untamable 4-year-old little boy?

“You need to stop being so impulsive,” the world screamed at me.

The meds never worked, but I’m sure they helped alter my freshly developing brain chemistry.

Something…

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Thrifty Word Challenge 100 #46: Civil Disobedience

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Standing in solidarity against authorities that uphold systems of oppression is not for the faint hearted.

It’s an arduous journey of multiple losses and minimal victories.

Yet, it’s a fight that only the most empathetic and strong-willed can withstand.

I was told doing this work is a marathon.

The sprinters…

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Thrifty Words 100 #42: Wild Life

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Wild.

You called me that when I was 4 years old.

It has been all gas and no brakes since then.

You tried to medicate it. You tried to treat it with therapy. You tried to pray it away.

You moved me next to the quiet kids in class. You…

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GrayMatter

GrayMatter

Therapist/Client | Social Justice | Activism | Mental Health | Self-Discovery | Poetry | Editor of Authentic Diamonds.