Our Deepest Fear

I rewatched one of my favorite movies today. I had forgotten how much I loved Coach Carter when I watched it so many years ago.

I can’t stop crying. It is an amazingly beautiful movie full of fierce love, courage, and dedication. There is so much to learn from this movie; it’s on the list of movies I’d want my kids to watch.

I also love the secular version of Marianne Williams’ quote on our deepest fear:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

I want to learn to live and love fiercely. I want to achieve that elusive victory within.

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Fear of Love

I stood in front of the door for eight full minutes before I pressed the doorbell.

He opened the door holding several bills in his hands.

“What are you doing here?” he asked looking bewildered and somewhat concerned.

“I don’t know.”

“Okay.”

We both looked at each other. He then waved me into his living room.

“He said he loved me.”

There was a beat of silence.

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The Mask You Live In

Recently I came across this article titled, The One Thing All Men Feel But Never Admit.

After having taken classes in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Department, watched Tough Guise by Jackson Katz, watched Miss Representation by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and actually heard Jackson Katz speak at my school, I realized the importance of the overwhelming social issues surrounding gender roles and gender scripts.

The Mask You Live In is a new documentary exploring the ways in which society’s definition of masculinity harms both men and women.

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