Imagine trusting your body so much, that the ebb and flow of your energy levels are never a cause for alarm, but more a cause to embrace the natural variety that your own body expresses into the world. Trusting that your fallow periods would be followed by periods of doing, simply because it is in your nature to ebb and flow.
"First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice."
-Octavia E. Butler
"I realize that the stage that I’m in is that I’m just watching. I’m just watching what’s happening. I don’t have anything to say about it yet. I don’t even fully understand the effects on myself. Things are happening in my brain, but I’m just going to leave them there for now...It reminds me that I can just read and absorb, and not have a 100% airtight analysis right now. You know? Or maybe I don’t need to respond right now, I can just take it in."
"There is pleasure in having people I completely trust to hear every misstep and lesson and let me know if I’m really messing up...I am in deep community with people who would never throw me away, and whom I would never throw away. I can rest in that."
I really like separating impairment from disability. So impairment, as [a] physical or neurological manifestation– like, what’s real. I have a physical impairment. And then disability is…what society creates as barriers because of the impairment.”
Patty Berne: “We’re seen as disposable. Because for those of us that are not going to have…a treatment or a cure with our bodies, we kind of fly in the face of this idea of medicine as God. So we’re seen as less than… There are always going to be crips. There are always going to be…people in pain– it’s just the nature of being in a body. But the social body we can change! I think it requires a power analysis.” – My Body Doesn’t Oppress Me, Society Does
"The world that I dream of is filled with ease. I’m not satisfied with Black trans lives mattering; I want Black trans lives to be easy, to be pleasurable, and to be filled with lush opportunities. I want the abundance we’ve gifted the world—the art, the care, the knowledge, and the beauty—to be offered back to us tenfold.
In the world that I dream of, it’s easy to move about. It’s easy to walk home at night with a bag of Skittles. It’s easy to relax in your own house. It’s easy to resolve conflict. It’s easy to hang out on the street. It’s easy to do the work you want to do. It’s easy to come together. It’s easy to have sex, to seek pleasure and joy, to wear what feels right. It’s easy to be soft. It’s easy to remember your power. To be in public. To use. It’s easy to not have to work. It’s easy to be in bed all day. It’s easy to be free. It’s easy to be alive."