Things are difficult and you face challenges, but don’t think you’re alone…
Ibrahim’s (Abraham) father was cruel to him.
Asiya’s husband (Pharaoh) was terrible.
Musa (Moses) had a stutter/speech impediment.
Yusuf’s (Joseph) brothers tried to get rid of him violently.
Maryam’s (Mary) honor was questioned by those around her.
Ayyub (Job) had difficult health problems.
Muhammad was an orphan.
You’re in good company.
…All artists’ work is autobiographical. Any writer’s work is a map of their psyche. You can really see what their concerns are, what their obsessions are, and what interests them.
—Kim Addonizio (via observando)
I wear my culture on my skin. They want to make me forget who I am, the beauty of my people and my heritage, but to do it they got to peel my skin off. And if they ever do that, they’ll kill me doing it— and that’s good, because once they make you forget the language and history, they’ve killed you anyway. I’m alive and free, no matter how many bars they put me behind.
—Jimmy Santiago Baca (via martinbro)