It Was A Good Day 

 Yesterday, I spent 60 dollars on groceries,took the bus home,

carried both bags with two good arms back to my studio apartment

and cooked myself dinner.

You and I may have different definitions of a good day.

This week, I paid my rent and my credit card bill,

worked 60 hours between my two jobs,

only saw the sun on my cigarette breaks

and slept like a rock.

Flossed in the morning,

locked my door,

and remembered to buy eggs.

My mother is proud of me.

It is not the kind of pride she brags about at the golf course.

She doesn’t combat topics like, ”My daughter got into Yale” 

with, ”Oh yeah, my daughter remembered to buy eggs”

But she is proud.

See, she remembers what came before this.

The weeks where I forgot how to use my muscles,

how I would stay as silent as a thick fog for weeks.

She thought each phone call from an unknown number was the notice of my suicide.

These were the bad days.

My life was a gift that I wanted to return.

My head was a house of leaking faucets and burnt-out lightbulbs.

Depression, is a good lover.

So attentive; has this innate way of making everything about you.

And it is easy to forget that your bedroom is not the world,

That the dark shadows your pain casts is not mood-lighting.

It is easier to stay in this abusive relationship than fix the problems it has created.

Today, I slept in until 10,

cleaned every dish I own,

fought with the bank,

took care of paperwork.

You and I might have different definitions of adulthood.

I don’t work for salary, I didn’t graduate from college,

but I don’t speak for others anymore,

and I don’t regret anything I can’t genuinely apologize for.

And my mother is proud of me.

I burned down a house of depression,

I painted over murals of greyscale,

and it was hard to rewrite my life into one I wanted to live

But today, I want to live.

I didn’t salivate over sharp knives,

or envy the boy who tossed himself off the Brooklyn bridge.

I just cleaned my bathroom,

did the laundry,

called my brother.

Told him, “it was a good day.” 

Kait Rokowski, “A Good Day” (via whenplantingforests)


About Secret Stains

I wanna do something that matters, say something different, something that sets the whole world on it's ear. i wanna do something better with the time I've been given and I wanna try to touch a few hearts in this life to prove I was here. I apologize if I seem absent minded sometimes. Sometimes I forget I'm still awake and say things out loud. Inside I am beginning to burst at the seams. There are so many secrets ... so many scars ... so many stains. This is me. Welcome to my world.
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