Smile Darling

Recently, I set out into a world that almost all people phase to. It’s like everyone is trying to criticise each other, especially in terms of their physical appearances. I, too, belong in the term “everyone” and “each other”. You, too, are also under those terms.

Let’s get rid of those unwanted thoughts after hearing those useless judgments. Let’s get rid of “Since when did I become the person they all wanted me to be?”. Let’s get rid of “Okay, I’m ugly as fuck.”. Let’s get rid of “I don’t want to live in this cruel world.”. Let’s replace them with beautiful thoughts.


Every morning, you wake up, the sun is shining for you. It’s constantly reminding you that you are appreciated. The flowers, the trees and the leaves, they convert carbon dioxide for you. They are trying to tell you that you should live. Every night, the moon is emitting its light so that you won’t be lost in the dark.

Just like your thoughts, sometimes you think that your’e not appreciated. Sometimes you think there are no more reasons to live. Sometimes you think your’e going to be lost in transition. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay.

I’m here to tell you to not give up. This is a wonderful world and it’s a huge privilege to be a part of it. Don’t let other factors pull you down to its abyss. Don’t let these hurtful judgments bring you down.

     “Your’e ugly.” “Your’e so fat.” “Your’e teeth are crooked.” “Your’e legs are too hairy.” “Oh, you don’t have a thigh gap?” “Your’e too thin.” “Your eyes aren’t aligned.” “Your nose isn’t lifted.” “Your nose is as flat as the ground.” “Your’e hated.” “Nobody likes you.” “Just go there in the corner, I’m annoyed as fuck.”

Just do what makes you happy, but make sure that it’s in a good cause. Set out and make a difference in this world. Declare positivity as your new mantra in life. Because darling, you are beautiful. You are appreciated by the world. You are a wonderful human being. You matter to someone. You are loved. You are supported. You are an inspiration. You are an amazing person! And I, appreciate you for you bravery in battling those things.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato


“Jubilee” art by Steve Henderson

“FOREVER” an unpopular opinion by yours truly.

The term “Forever” has become a trending expression in my country. There are possibly two parties about this term, the ones who believe in it and the ones who don’t. Mainly, the feasible candidates for the people who believe in such are some couples engaged in a relationship, they are one of those type of people who would like to prove that IT exists. The other types considered are the opposite, people who dealt with a break-up, bitter people, single people, arrogant people and people who could care less.

As for me, I don’t want to be involved in this dispute. If you believe it exists, okay. If you believe it doesn’t, okay. I respect your decision, nothing will be taken from me if you consider “forever” truthful or not. But some choose otherwise. Some defend their side so frankly that it becomes out of hand.

I want to share my thought about this. For the collective of humans who dealt with a break-up and now are bitter about life because they’re hurt and in pain, I want to tell you that you are lucky. You are so lucky! And you might think that I’m becoming a loco for saying such. But hear this, there are about 7.125 billion people on Earth, and you found someone to be in love with. I know it hurts, I know you heard this over and over and over again. But at least you experienced being loved. Some people who are destined for each other never meet. Some people are like parallel lines, even though they have the same interests and hobbies and likes and dislikes, they could never ever meet. For you, you were an intersecting line, you’ve been in love, even for a short while, but at least you’ve experienced it. If you still consider yourself unlucky, tell that to the people who are parallel lines. Plus, you should smile, and don’t let that awful break-up experience limit you to experience love again. Eventually you will find someone your love is worth giving to.

For the couples now dealing with relationships, it’s okay if you’re trying to prove “forever” exists. It’s okay. But to be honest, you don’t necessarily need to prove that it is realistic or it exists. Love doesn’t have to last forever Honey, it just has to be real and authentic. Love yourself, and keep that person who makes you love yourself better when you’re with him/her.

Spread love, respect decisions made by other people and try to understand them. I’m sorry if some of you were hurt or affected by this post, I just had to say it.

Art by Eveline Tarunadjaja