Maria Shimizu Christensen

I write about life. Featured in Medium’s 2021 list of Stories That Started Conversations.

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Life has a funny way of rarely offering a straight path to your dreams, but finding your way through the twists and turns not only has its own rewards, it makes the dream that much sweeter. In the midst of a global pandemic I lost my full time job and needed to reinvent myself, yet again. Life as a single mother made me resourceful and resilient, a lifetime of crafting gave me the skills to believe in the dream, thousands of strong women throughout history provided inspiration, and Etsy gives me the platform.

A life half spent
in doing what I thought I should,
what I thought I could,
was a half life
of half measures
decaying exponentially,
but the second half is here,
and I am radically awake
to new possibilities,
potentially consequentially,
as I unlock thoughts
and connect the dots,
and it’s like daybreak
or an earthquake
that wipes the landscape clean
and I cease to screen
my words.
I leave behind the fractured fetters
of duty and obedience
burdens and expedience,
looking back now and then
to see how far I’ve come
assess the things I’ve done,
hard won,
and I am content,
an aging agitator,
remorseless instigator,
and I will not
be quiet.