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Dry your tears
Behind my eyes, dear
It's alright to keep them near
Hide your fears
Behind my heart, dear
I'll keep them so no one hears
Keep your mirrors
Behind my sight, dear
So that I can keep you clear
From all the things that might sear
I'll keep you safe, my dear
We all have an inner voice..
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jojo22 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great.  So important to listen to your inner voice and let that guide you, even if you do make mistakes along the way.  I've always found that following what others say just confuses my life and mind.  You just have to trust that your instincts lead you in a direction for a reason.
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Ferelwing Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:huggle: I agree, sometimes it's better that way.
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jojo22 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It pretty much always has been the better way for me.  It took me a long time to gain the strength to rise above what others had to say - I had very controlling parents, but when I started walking my own path in life that is when I started to shine.  No one can live in your head but you, no one has walked the path that you have walked but you, no one understands that path better than you.  We can be very lazy thinkers, busy lives living in a socially controlling world and consuming what is handed down to us.  It is worthwhile taking time in life to stop and listen to yourself, engaging in critical reflection.
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Ferelwing Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's exactly been my experience. For a long time I sort of "resided" in my own head space. As soon as I was able to get out and live my own life I did. I didn't always make good choices but I felt better getting the chance to really get to determine my own destiny.  I think that the experience I had growing up actually contributed to my insisting that I learn things for myself, that I not take things at face value but try to understand it.  I spend a lot of time trying to learn, listen and most of all take the time to really reflect.
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jojo22 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, life is about learning, experiencing things.  We can stay safe, walk the path that others set out for us and get to the end of life and go 'well, what did I learn?'  I learned to live the life other people dictated for me and I missed the chance to live the one I chose from myself, and consequently don't really understand myself.  There was something drawing me, something I wanted to learn, or I wanted to challenge and test myself with.  We don't learn from staying safe, we learn from going out on a limb.
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Ferelwing Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's pretty much my take on the world. To understand and to learn you have to do things. You can't just sit back and be "safe" you have to do things if for no reason other than to understand. Sure, there are some lessons you can learn from watching someone else but in general, I prefer to do things. Ironically enough, today has been a restless day so I've been trying to figure out what it is that has me wanting to just do.
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jojo22 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say the past 12 months have been a massive learning curve for me and there have been a number of really key realizations along the way that have helped me clarify the position I take on issues that were bugging me, to see the bigger picture, to understand what motivates me, my fears, my dreams, my desires, my position in the world, what really matters to me, what makes me vulnerable, what makes me strong, what makes me creative.  You can't control others, you can't change them, change comes from within.  You can only be human, make mistakes, reflect, learn, and adjust how you live your life according to that. 

Just not enough critical thinking these days in general.  That's not to say people lack the ability to do that, just that the demands of life can grind you down.  I've been lucky enough to create a space within which I can do that maybe more so than others, and that involved quite a bit of sacrifice and ego transcendence.
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Ferelwing Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:nod: I completely understand that. I think in general people allow others to think for them. For all the claims of individuality it's a rare individual that actually actively speaks for themselves.  Knowing yourself though is the key. :huggle:
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rachelistorn Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
mesmerizing imagery
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Ferelwing Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:huggle: Thank you!
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