Most talk about real self, true self that's all sparkles, love and bullshit.
And it is bullshit. Carbon copies of manipulation people believe is love, but we're not all the same.
Well that ain't my real self and I shit the shame and love myself dark each time a cunt tries to tell me how they think a woman should be.
Not this bitch. Not ever this bitch.
THE DEEP, a book by Rivers Solomon 🌊🌊 // In a recent post, I shared the experience of my first scuba dive. In the post that followed, I talked about evolving against popular demand. Today I wanted to share a book I’ve been reading that marries these two concepts together: furthering holism through the depths of the ocean and abandoning others for the sake of self evolution. 🌊🌊
The Deep is a story about Yetu’s incredible journey, where we learn about the history of the wajinru. This history was one of my favorite parts of the story, that the wajinru originated from the unborn babies of pregnant slaves, who were thrown overboard slave ships in order to conserve resources. It’s a horrific image (and all true, part of the diabolical history of African slavery) that sets the tone for this story. Solomon describes the babies being rescued by whales, who nursed them back to health with their own milk. The whales gathered more and more wajinru together until they formed a family, and their numbers continued to grow.
But it is also the story of abandoning kin to save yourself; the meaning of memories and how they affect us; and how important memories are, even if they bring you grief. Would you really be better off without painful memories There is a lesson within the pages about how crucial memories are to tying the past to our present. 🌊🌊
As I dove into the oceans deep in Costa Maya, I couldn’t help but think about this beautiful story and the presence of Yemaya, the Orisha of the sea. The ocean itself is a living presence in this story, vast and cruel, but also home to Yetu and her family and therefore a soothing and familiar place. The ending was unexpected and magical, heartwarming in the best way possible. I was left with a feeling of wonder and a desire to dip my toes in the ocean and experience the weight of history for myself. This is a short but powerful tale that I won’t soon forget.