auto-affected

it’s so easy to delude yourself
into playing it small and acting dumb
to pretend that you are less
and that you don’t get (grasp) things at first

it’s so easy not to try and not to commit
to stay stuck in a safe loop of self-depreciation
identifying with it and acting from it
insulated from failures & rejections

instead of constantly pushing the envelope
to see what you can get away with
and, by the same token, vicariously giving permission for others
to loosen up & follow suit by giving it for yourself

instead, in other words, of acting on your deepest impulses
and continuously losing face and messing up along the way
becoming the rawest and brightest version of yourself
soft & vulnerable, serene & graceful
amidst the piercing noise of nonsense and judgment

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