I choose to celebrate adventure, connections with friends/families/strangers, and time. 

I'm passionate about music, painting, poetry, and skipping/dancing down the block. Trying new foods, smelling and touching and breathing in new experiences and objects and people, and feeling that aha moment - when you're 7 beats into that new song you just discovered, when you're halfway through a painting, when you're in the middle of a conversation with someone you just met or have known for however long, and then -- everything clicks and you experience that brief, surreal moment of something or someone vibing with you and literally striking a chord in your soul. That gives me pleasure. Both the little things and the momentous that pluck away, reminding me that I'm part of something bigger, that I'm connected and not alone. 

I get out of bed in the morning to discover, to feel all I can feel and strengthen connections with people whose stories are unfolding in front of me and embracing me as well as people I'm only just discovering and brushing finger tips with - the chance to embrace a new connection in my life emerging in my arms. There is always so much to do and and so much of the unknown to run towards. I spent too much time internalizing negativity and focusing on the past. I know I'm young and have a lot of time in front of me, but I want to make the most of each day and extend each moment, preserved in stories and pictures and memories. There's so much to learn.

I am guided by intuition and gut feelings, my emotions ebb and flow, mixing into the energy I'm feeling from others. I've been told I'm too emphatic, too emotional. But empathy is both my greatest strength and greatest weakness. I am expressive. I've cried when my roommate killed our plant or someone's shared an emotional part of their life with me. I am me, but I am a reflection of my experiences, my family, and the people around me. Give and take, ebbs and flows. It is a combination of these things, stirred up with how deeply I often feel things that really make me tick and keep me going. 

I stand for conversations that lead to actions, speaking about subjects that make others, myself included, uncomfortable and unsettled. Engaging in and encouraging conversations that should be happening more often, and standing up for those who are unable to speak for themselves. I stand for empowerment and freedom of expression. I stand for growth and change, for supporting and caring for others, even and especially if/when they stop caring about themselves. I stand for being human, for building up the community around me.