Stop struggling. Go with it. Keep you heart and head and senses open to renewal. All the time. Make notes. Keep learning. Again. Stop struggling. Surrender. But not like a inanimate, flat object floating in water. Engaged surrender. Know why you're doing it. Because in that moment where you find stillness, and the mind stops chattering non-stop about how things happen to you and its all so tough and rough, find stillness and listen. Life is always waiting to tell you something unique, a message that’s meant just for you.
Shafinaaz is a sociologist, artist and poet based in Johannesburg, SA. She is the author of several works of non-fiction and fiction, and has been listed in HayFestival's Africa39 category of top 39 authors in Africa under the age of 40 at the London Book Fair 2014. Also see www.shafinaaz.co.za
I write. As I must. Words are my paints of expression on an otherwise bland canvas, my rollercoasters of delight on otherwise dreary roads. Entertainment or derision, they manifest in my varied states of being. Until theres silence. Even then, theres a dialogue of sorts that continues... in spirit? Who knows..