Are You Secure? - This American Girl

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What is it

that makes you feel



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Is it knowing that you have a roof to reside under?


Is it accumulating green paper into a vault in case one day you need it?


Is it spending your day within the walls of the corner office?


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Is it having someone to come home to

someone who knows you

and loves you

even if you snore, wear sweatpants, throw tantrums, and hog the bed?


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If you had no place to live


owned nothing but a backpack, an antique rug, and a pair of snakeskin shoes


watched pennies drown from your modest account


worked jobs as fleeting as shooting stars


and hadn’t had a relationship in years


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Would you feel vulnerable?

Would you feel empty?

Would you feel insecure?


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That home could be foreclosed


shattered by vibrations from the ground.


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Your bank could disintegrate in one afternoon

sending your perfect stacks into the ether.


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Your office could be revoked

no matter your dedication

no matter your drive.


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And that person who loves you

might leave you

sometimes without even wanting to.


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What if all that belonged to you was yourself?


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Your only role was to live?


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The one institution was the earth?


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Your relationships existed

in the moments when they happened

instead of forced to forever endure?


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Is it actually our belongings

our roles

our institutions

and our relationships that make us secure?


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The less belongings I have and the less I have to belong to

the more I learn the ever changing truth about myself

and the subjective, reflective truth of this world.


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Perhaps with nothing

I am closer to security

than I have ever actually been.


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Relying only on the fact

that every time I inhale

I exhale


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and every day the sun rises

it also sets.


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