Uncharted Waters by Miranda Proctor
Navigating your heart
Is like navigating a foreign country.
Words escape local mouths and
Travel waves of uncharted, opaque water
Stuck under the surface, pounding the distorted glass—
Neither sight nor sound clear.
On land, you become the wide-eyed
Fish out of water.
Asking for directions turns both parties
Into incessant bobble-heads—
You take a step back
Stumbling over broken cobblestones—
The ones you thought
You had left behind.
It is only in that moment,
When you realize you can never leave the past behind
That you are ready to
Lose yourself in those foreign streets.
Similar to the poem itself, I went into writing it with no clue of what direction I was heading in. We’ve all had those moments where we’ve felt a little lost–maybe you’re trying to figure out your future career, perhaps you just came out of a long relationship, or possibly you’re just a little lost in finding yourself. Regardless of which kind of lost you are, lost is lost. Personally, I feel like a part of me will always be searching for something. And although I’m not quite sure what that something is, I do know it’s what keeps me inspired to explore and discover as much of the world, and my role in it, as I can.
In the past, instead of allowing myself to be found, I tried to force the discovery. But that never leads anywhere. Trust me. The best discoveries are the ones you don’t expect to find–the ones that manage to surprise you when all else has dulled your senses.
As terrible as this example may seem, I know all of you fashionistas can relate:
I went shopping the other day with my best friend with the intention of buying birthday gifts for a couple of friends. Obviously, those intentions went awry. We stepped into Urban Outfitters to get a record for my friend and, being the shopaholic I am, decided I would take a quick peak at the Sale section. I immediately saw this dusty blue dress (featured) and fell in love with it (plus it was on sale so how much better can it get?) The point is, I hadn’t gone in with the intention of shopping for myself or finding anything, but I discovered a pleasant surprise.
Although that’s not the kind of “let yourself be found” example I was really going for, I had to tie in the outfit somehow!
Anyways, don’t go out and try to find your life–let life discover you.
Thanks for reading,
Photographs by: Ryan Cox
Urban Outfitters dress, belt and sandals