I watched a video of the amazingly talented 22 year old spoken word poet, Sarah Kay performing her piece ‘If I should have a daughter’. In the piece Kay talks about the preparation she would give her daughter to deal with the cruelty and unexpected push, shoves, highs and lows of life. I am 22 also and although still early on in my years, like Kay my small but varied experiences have taught me that life can easily put out the little light and spark I believe we are all born with. Kay has some magical lines such as: “getting the wind kicked out of you will remind you just how much you like the taste of air” and “no matter how far you stretch your fingers they will never be able to catch all the pain you want to heal”.
Kay’s piece is one of the works that reminds me that life is often times pretty brutal but in those tough moments there are soft spots opened within that can help us appreciate the beauty of the small moments in life more. Also by knowing that life is unfair often times, we are better prepared for when we are wronged, feel unloved and unworthy. To know that it is common human experience not to be living the fairytale, we can also join in our daily burdens, and go on to find joy in the solidarity.
Check out Kay’s piece below: