Cover Photo: What It Means To Be Human by Lauren Suval

What It Means To Be Human

I. Move with the current, not against it/They say it’s too challenging, too tough to swim upstream/I’m not wired that way/It does not come organically/So I move my arms and kick my legs as best I can to reach the shallow end.

II. They say to lower expectations/To not expect is to maintain happiness/To not be crushed by unexpected blows, stars misaligned, planets out of whack/But isn’t hope, on some level, part of being alive?

III.Loneliness can still find you/Even when you know all about being alone/ Even when you’ve been doing it for years/When you dine by yourself/When you walk in the sunshine, contentment running in your veins/ More than contentment running in your veins.   

This is what it means to be human.

Lauren Suval studied print journalism and psychology at Hofstra University, and she is a writer based in New York. Her work has been featured on Psych Central, Thought Catalog, Catapult Community, and other online publications. Lauren's e-book “Coping With Life’s Clutter” and her latest book, “The Art Of Nostalgia,” a collection of personal essays, can both be found on Amazon. She loves to be followed on Twitter @LaurenSuval and on Facebook @LaurenSuvalWriting.