The Unexpected Shape

The Blog of Esmé Wang

Esmé Weijun Wang
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Keep going. You’re doing great. (Desktop & phone wallpaper)

Keep going. You’re doing great. (Desktop & phone wallpaper)

I’ll keep today’s Journal entry short and sweet. Many of us spend much of our days on one screen or another—why not decorate it with a reminder of your own strength? DOWNLOAD DESKTOP WALLPAPER HERE DOWNLOAD PHONE WALLPAPER HERE Enjoy. I’m pulling for you.

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You are not lazy.

You are not lazy.

Listen to me read the following below:   Hey, you. I just wanted to let you know this: You are not lazy. You never have been. Still, you doubt this. You feel it gnawing in yourself as you fret over where your day has gone and where it’s going. It doesn’t matter if the day […]

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On restorative journaling & Rawness of Remembering.

On restorative journaling & Rawness of Remembering.

Listen to me read the below here:   I began to work on building the content and site for Rawness of Remembering in Nebraska, early 2015. It seems fitting, then, that this multimedia program and passion project should be going on sale today, open for purchase, at the end of 2015. A year’s worth of […]

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It’s not just about pills and therapy.

It’s not just about pills and therapy.

Listen to me read the below here:   I take medication in the morning, at noon, and in the evening. I speak to a counselor every week. At certain points in my life, I’ve been in therapy three times a week (and daily, if you count inpatient hospitalization.) In the past, I’ve tried over twenty-five psychotropics. […]

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La Belle au Bois Dormant: On Dissociation & Resilience (Grace Quantock)

La Belle au Bois Dormant: On Dissociation & Resilience (Grace Quantock)

Listen to me read the below here:   As a society we have, almost in unison, quit our bodies. We’ve opted out against a life seemingly so ill-designed for humans. The life we are encouraged to lead–the hustlin’, ambitious, productivity based life–seems more suitable for robots. It doesn’t take into account our cycles, season, or […]

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Sick & successful.

Sick & successful.

  The other day I was crying, as you do sometimes, out of self-pity. I try to avoid bemoaning my fate because I am highly privileged in a number of ways, but I’m also human, and so I was crying in bed at noon because I’ve been struggling with late-stage Lyme disease for three years […]

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Choice, ambition, & holding your fear in loving hands. (Mara Glatzel)

Choice, ambition, & holding your fear in loving hands. (Mara Glatzel)

I wrote to my pal Mara Glatzel because I’d been contemplating the following question for a while: how does one figure out where to stand on the line between “I’m not doing _____ because I’m taking care of myself” and “I’m doing _____ (this very difficult thing that is uncomfortable) in order to stretch my borders”? And […]

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