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Just two simple things learned:
1) Learning to live, feelings are signs of life, and I was kind of caught off guard by a cute simple joking comment, even my homegirl that I was talking to when I received the message paused and said, “you’re blushing, I can hear it in your voice.” It’s those unexpected moments, that show you something other than the routine, that you are “living.”

2) Provinciality.
3. having or showing the manners, viewpoints, etc., considered characteristic of unsophisticated inhabitants of a province; rustic; narrow or illiberal; parochial: a provincial point of view.

Having both Black and Hispanic lineage, it bothers me that as people we speak too much to how we “should” act. I’m not Black enough, because I listen to this, I want to do this, I like this, I do this…people let go of your small minded chains that you allow to hold you back. I’m not naive, and think that everything is perfect, or the way that I want it, but I also don’t think there are certain activities and behaviors that are mine by birthright. Let go of your mental shackles. Keep wasting your time living and judging by your small world thoughts. Just like the accompanying picture this week…can that happen???

The manuscript Blue Lines is the fictional coming of age narrative of a young California woman Key Yemaya Walker, and her 2 year growing journey through school, love, and life period piece, written by Kenneth Suffern, Jr., taking place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill between the years of 1997 – 1998. Loosely based on true events, and experiences during that time, told through the eyes and voice of the main female protagonist, a freshman first attending the school.

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