What’s your superpower?
This question invites you to reflect on your strengths. It makes you think what you can do to create change.
When I was hurting the most or saw suffering around me, I desperately wanted to make a difference. When I was 11, I became impassioned about two things — animal rights and gender equality. The passion felt like twin babies that had to be birthed before Death or Lost Opportunity could consume me.
So I grew up grieving slaughterhouses and rigid gender roles. I longed to make some chink of a difference in interwoven struggles. But “impact”…
One of the coolest things about being yourself? Your openness may invite others to confide in you their stories.
Transgender feelings followed me around since an early age. As I came out, I read autobiographies like Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness. That didn’t make me a PhD in gender identity struggles! I still had a lot to learn.
But because I was now visibly trans and a listener type, I was in for some casual education. Friends, family, and strangers on the web honored me with their gender-related confessions.
I learned just how diverse our experiences of gender are.
Many people feel an uneasiness around the death of animals for meat — it’s not just vegans and vegetarians. I recently read this eloquent story by a proud Greek-Italian meat lover, who still had difficulty watching slaughterhouse footage.
Still, in our culture it’s easy to feel absurd for caring about the death of animals. Eating meat is so widespread, and has been for so long, that most people simply view it as inevitable.
A common argument vegetarians and vegans run into is that avoiding meat goes against nature. After all, animals eat other animals. Why shouldn’t we? For some reason…
“Don’t get hung up on the jerks.”
I stared at the handwriting in terror. Those were not my words. This was not my ink. Someone had trespassed on my private diary.
They now knew all about my crush on Brogan Saptung, the basketball guy at my middle school who, earlier that very year, had played a joke on me. He made his friend go up to me and ask me out as a joke. They had wanted to trick me into confessing I was gay (or transgender, perhaps?).
Anyone who has ever been sexually closeted can understand the pure panic…
Each day this month, I’ve done a unique meditation. I used to use boredom as an excuse not to meditate, so for now, I am trying/inventing as many different ways to do it as I can. And only for 8 minutes a day, unless I feel like going longer.
I am having fun with the unfolding mystery. I jot down the theme and results of each meditation as I go. That way, I can repeat my favorite ones in the future. The inspiration for September 4th’s meditation was:
How does my heart feel?
For the sake of trusting your creativity…
The first time I did vegan activism on a college campus was one of the best days of my life. I felt so alive.
I had grown up a lonely animal lover—and not just a dog and cat fan. I felt like an alien to a surrounding culture that was indifferent to the violence we do to pigs, fish, birds, and beyond.
At last, my passion was getting turned into action.
We were handing out Vegan Outreach leaflets. The pamphlets gave a friendly, effective introduction to why and how to be vegan. I was uber nervous to offer my first…
Hello, everyone! I’m Phoenix, a transgender vegan writer. I love to joyfully grow and to practice compassion for all beings. Here are my shares so far.
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How y’all doin’ this evenin’? As you know, I’m Mona Arizona.
Aww, thank you, thank you! I’m so excited to perform for y’all. This first poem is from my new Amazon worstseller, Head Outta Town When the Algorithm Gets You Down.
Just between you and me, my name’s not actually Mona Arizona. Medium bloggers live a double life, don’t you know now? Before I hop into my plush pink wheelie chair to spin out my lastest hit article, I always be sure to throw my wig on first. Just in case anyone’s watchin’ through the webcam…
Isabel imagination ASMR broke my heart in pieces today.
The popular artist, currently with 328K YouTube subscribers, just released a video 2 days ago about why she’s quitting her perfectionist ways.
She loved her fun craft when she first started, 5 years ago. ASMR videos had allayed her anxiety. They’d tingled away her insomnia. ASMR YouTubers made a difference for her and she was delighted to become one of them.
Over time, the experience got confining. She felt increasingly pressured to look her best, perform her best, and figure out that godforsaken YouTube algorithm. She bent over backwards to be…
I wrote this a few years ago, before I was a writer, and I wanted to share it with you now. Single people and lonely people who are perfectionists, this one’s for you.
How clear are you right now about what you want in your relationships?
If you are like me and could be a lot clearer, here’s something I realized last night that may be of use to us.
I have often thought of the relationship I desire in static terms. For example, what qualities do I look for in a friend or romantic partner? …