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SOPHIE GORDELADZE

Since I was a child, the world of Opera has conquered a very particular place in my imagination. There is something magical about this kind of show, where characters sing instead of speaking. As a matter of fact, the audience may be driven to believe that they are not humans and by consequence much closer…

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I’M TIRED

I’m tired… As I wake up for another day full of commitments, that’s the first thing that comes up to my mind. Then thousands of others come rushing in, leaving no space for silence. I’m not tired because I didn’t have enough sleep, but because my mind won’t shut up from the moment I wake…

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THE COLD SIDE OF THE PILLOW

You were cold on the way back from the club, so I gave you my jumper and put your soft hands in between mine. You tugged at the knitted snowman and said the snowflakes on my jumper were cute but I thought it was embarrassing. I don’t usually take someone home. I was taller than…

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THE PROBLEM WITH FEMINISM IS BAD MARKETING

It should be enough to say that, globally, about 1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. Or that 250 million women alive today were married before they were 15. That 1 in 10 girls worldwide has experienced sexual violence.  Or that there are 10 countries in the world where women…

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SPEAK YOUR MIND

Why is it sometimes so hard to simply say what we are feeling out loud? Inside we are thinking, we are feeling, we are breathing into what it is that is limiting us, But we constrain ourselves from expressing it.   We allow ourselves to move through motions of confusion, As we have become so…

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VULNERABILITY

What emotion do you believe is underrated?   I believe vulnerability is underrated. I believe people avoid being vulnerable because they are afraid of getting hurt. I always thought my anxiety was something I should hide. I had been struggling with it since I was 12, and it took me 10 years to talk about…

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DESPAIR

What emotion do you believe is underrated?   “You need despair to win. You need to let it wash over you and stay long enough for it to become a tool. You need to let it tie itself to the hope you thought was now lost. That’s how you win. That’s how you beat them….

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FRAGILITY

WHAT EMOTION DO YOU BELIEVE IS UNDERRATED?  I believe that we, out of pride, and simply because we are human, tend to underrate sad emotions, specifically the ones that show fragility. We all do it a bit. I don’t like to reveal any kind of vulnerability, and I even try to send out an unreal…

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YOUR FEELINGS MATTER

“What was the best piece of advice you ever received?”   I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing or a generational issue, but Polish people find enormous pleasure in giving others advice. Especially the older to the younger. The problem is that it’s usually unsolicited, not very thought-through, or just plain disrespectful, without taking…

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN

Can you smell it? The smell of dirtiness and misery;  The lack of dignity on this train?   Can you hear it? The noise of loneliness and poverty; The cracking ice and the pouring rain? I can smell it.  I can hear it.    Every day.  In every train.     The 5% unemployment rate of…

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EMBRACE YOUR SADNESS

“What was the best piece of advice you ever received?”   “I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil” – Gandalf  In the midst of the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we tend to overlook and underestimate our emotions, reaching the point of forbidding ourselves of feeling something that,…

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TO THE RAIN

rain, come, fall in this desert that happened string naked the clouds teach us to drop the leaves the tears the luggage words and sorrows those that weigh with no more validity and utility with no further message.   teach us to let go of what is no longer ours the now that was and…

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EMBRACE YOUR AWKWARDNESS

“What was the best piece of advice you ever received?”   When we are young, pieces of advice are nothing but words put together into a strange sentence. Why should we bother paying attention? At that time, those words seem incapable of having any type of connection with our future path.  But, if we are…

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JODY WILLIAMS

Estoril, 29th May 2017. A full auditorium is listening to a panel of 5 Nobel Peace Prizes at the Estoril Conferences. At the back of the room, a few dozens of military youth in their impeccable uniforms are confronted by a passionate panelist who yells: “We have to stop glorifying war. War is not glorious….

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THE “NO CONCEPT” CONCEPT

With a week left until the end of 2017, closing reflections naturally arise. Many of us are forced by our intricate minds to replay and rewind through our year’s top highlights, judging each movie as it plays before our eyes. In this reflection process, we select the memories and learnings we feel are the most…

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WHEN I CHOSE TO LAUGH

In a man’s world, where I am told to smile more in order to be pretty, it can be very strange to be told not to laugh or not to make a fool out of myself.  I was raised on the premise of never taking myself, others, or the world very seriously – my father…

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WATCHING IT GROW

The seed had been planted in April, deep in the darkest part of my being, lying there quietly in its hard impenetrable husk. It barely bothered me at all, and I only thought of it briefly when I was alone and wondered whether it would grow.  By June, however, a tiny shoot poked above the…

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CREATURES

chalked with sun dustspinning smilesreflected on their filed teeth the melody of the past.their fangs grew at duskselfish desirepierced their dehydrated lips and exposed new powers. think of their claws, dipped in molassesdripping sauces orof their tongues caressing the ethergrazing egos andsanding their gyri. look at their hooves, drenched in glucosetastes like raspberry, blackberry, blueberrygazes…

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THE ILLUSION OF A SELF

It might not be like you’ve imagined before. You’ve probably put it in the same clichéd basket you normally put the rest of the spiritual crap, or maybe you think instead this kind of thing is meant to be saved for the moments right before you leave this world. Either way, what I saw was…

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SET ME FREE

They all want me except you. Why can’t you look at me like they do? They all say my kisses are the best. How could you resist them with my body pressed against your chest? You said you missed me and kissed me on the forehead, But you didn’t want to have me in your…

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