I begin my thirty-first trip around the sun in seven days.
Trip being the key word.
Life is indeed – if you open to it – it’s a great trip. Fantastic, magical.
Never thought I would grow into something different than I was at twenty-two. I was so naive back then. But that’s how naivete works. No one knows they’re naive.
Back then and ever since I thought I was all I would be.
I was a guy who thought my story was over.
How wrong I was.
I would go on, as I predicted hopefully in my poems, to fall in love again.
This girl would be, is, the one.
The one who lets me be exactly who I am, who gave me that divine feminine allowing space to continue discovering myself.
I’m quieter now.
The things I want, I want more.
Anything standing in the way, I want less.
I trust in the things I have learned, preferring psychedelics to analgesics.
Pleasure to pain.
Solitude to society.
I’m confident, supremely.
And frankly, I don’t have much to say.
Just the steadfast things I believe in:
Trust in yourself.
Forgive – but also condemn those who have fucked you over – those who took advantage of your kindness and naivate.
Accept that you did not know any better and that the past could not have been any different.
Know and like yourself.
Spend time alone.
Let go of guilt.
Let old gods and myths die in favor of those you yourself build.
Design your own religion. Be faithful to something. Truth, beauty, goodness. Kindness.
Know that happiness is not the result of a good life – but the cause of one.
Just decide and make your life what you want.
Know thyself, trust thyself, respect thyself, honor thyself.
Be kind, be kind, be kind.
Appreciate your aesthetic merit.
Choose your own morals.
Have hot sex.
Take care of your body.
Know that the eyes are the window of the soul, and others will see you, will feel you in them – no matter how hard you try to mask your insecurities. They will see you. So get a firm hold on your own truths, and do not waver or doubt them. Know what is true for you in your heart of hearts. Decide your consciousness. Direct your thoughts.