Saturday, October 19, 2013

Shrinking Women

For the last year or so, I've been receiving weekly emails from Upworthy - a website dedicated to sharing important stuff and helping it go viral. Some of the things they share with me I glance at, some I don't even bother with, but occasionally something they've posted grabs me by the throat (metaphorically speaking), shoves me against the wall and says "listen to this - this is you".

This is one of those posts.

The video below is of Lily Meyers, a student in the US who was a contestant in a slam poetry competition. Her story has so many parallels to my own that it's almost frightening.  Except the mother drinking wine bit. The Mater hasn't touched a drop of alcohol since she was in her early 20s.  But that's telling in itself, I guess.

Anyway. I wish I'd been as clued in and articulate at Lily's age. My life might've turned out slightly differently.

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