My daughter, she’s this insanely awesome college kid with outrageous talent and a raw, unfiltered spirit.

I’m blown away by her mind and heart, the way they systematically work in harmony with each other.  I’m her dad so I am not exactly impartial but actually if you ask her I’m kinda a hard ass and if I thought she sucked, I’d just say it.  I figure it’s partly my job to toughen her up to the realities of life early and often and I take my job seriously.

If she knows you well she’s totally engaging and full of spirit.  If she doesn’t, she’s very quiet and introverted.  I’ve come to experience her more introverted approach to life as one of her greatest treasures because I see how it influences her world view in a curiously contemplative way.

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A random bench at Thanksgiving, overlooking the rugged coast of Big Sur. Photo by Jorian Lewke

She uses art and writing as her primary form of expression and the result is pure beauty.

She’s going to do a few guest appearances here on Posts and as way of introduction to all of you, I’ve asked her to share what she believes:

“I remember vividly the first time an ambulance passed me after I had gotten my driver’s license. I knew that you were supposed to pull over and let them pass, but I had never before realized the gravity of what the ambulance forced us all to do. No matter who we were, what we were doing, or where we were going, we all pulled over, together, to let them pass. With the tinted windows and metal boxes enclosing us, we moved to the side of the road as one, to help someone that we also don’t know, also enclosed in a metal box with tinted windows, get the help they needed. A white supremacist with a confederate flag on the top of his car has probably pulled over for an ambulance with a black person in it a dozen times. These moments, where circumstance leads to unparalleled unity, are rare but should be treasured. There is something special about a time when a group of unlike people become one – united by an often extreme event that breaks the walls our minds have created. It is in these raw moments that we become nothing but fellow humans, and it is in these moments that we can learn the greatest lessons.

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I recently got back from a guided tour through the Mediterranean coast with 47 of my classmates. Because there were so many of us, we were bound to not all be best friends. But that first day, when we had all been up 46 hours without sleeping and were taking a walking city tour of Milan in a thunderstorm, a simple funny glance at someone you’d never talked to before would lead to slap happy hysterics, all because you are in the same circumstance. Nine days of moments like these, whether it be falling asleep at the dinner table, getting locked in some stupid European bathroom stall or running into people from your group after having been lost for an hour, all united us in a profound way. The differences that we always thought separated us were not present on this foreign land. The jocks didn’t have their sports, the gossips and drama queens didn’t have internet, and the nerds didn’t have books to hide in.
Without these details and distractions we were able to realize we were all pretty decent people, and it is in moments like these that we are able to truly see the people around us for who they really are.

I believe in unity, and that when we are bound together by one overarching thing, everything else falls away.”  ~ Jorian Lewke

 

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