AwareNow: Issue 15: The World Edition

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I grew up in shadows, a world of black and white I learned how to tiptoe before I could crawl be careful, be careful if you cry, if you speak, if you breathe while Daddy is angry, he will take a match to your baby skin and smile as he sets you on fire tip toe hold your breath crawling breathing living can wait years passed before I found out sunlight existed but once the curtains fell from the walls I found out love doesn’t have to break you it took time for my adult body to learn the things I hadn’t been taught as a child confidence empowerment freedom I didn’t take my first steps until I turned 30 but now I coach runners who win the Olympics because I am whole I moved out of my corner in childhood’s hell to the heaven of my destiny I remember the winter but bask in July’s radiance all year long my home is a kaleidoscope of colors deep breaths floor to ceiling windows of never ending light

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