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Ari Eastman

real(ly not) chill lady. spoken word poet. mental health activist. mama shark. ✨ ✨ follow me on instagram for poetry and too many selfies.

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I’m twelve and the black-haired boy sitting next to me is telling bad jokes. He turns to me with a huge grin. “What is the difference between a Jew and a pizza?” I say nothing.

The reality is even things that you love, that you’re hungry for and passionate about, will occasionally be things you don’t want to do. Work is work. That’s why we don’t call it Big Happy Fun Time.

We planned to go driving all over California that one summer. We promised to stop at every fruit stand and mystery house advertised on peeling billboards.

You’re the only person I don’t find annoying. Is that bad?

If there is a God, I believe she would be less interested in the specifics. There would be no tally system of how often you prayed to her or who you successfully converted.

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