“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”- Leonard Cohen

I haven’t done the best job about letting light in. Or showing my cracks. 

I continue to feel isolated in my own world.

Pushing my comfort zone with calculated risk doesn’t seem to be my thing. And it needs to become a habit of mine.


Where does the smile go? It doesn’t come out often enough. I don’t go out often enough. 

It’s an indicator that I might still be fairly depressed about things in my life. 

The easy distractions still get to me. 

I ruminate.

Don’t laugh.

I numb my emotions. 

I don’t always have a lot of energy. Or feel like being out in the world.

I want to feel more light more of the time. Laugh more. 


Maybe there is some light at the end of my tunnel, even if it appears millions of miles away.

Can you see venus through the rings of Saturn? 

That’s how far the light at the end of my tunnel feels a lot of the time. 

At least it’s visible now. I truly didn’t think it was before. 

I must keep writing. Doing. Asking. Talking. Deciding. Finishing. Learning. Lightening.


Author: Ian Street

Ian is a plant scientist and science writer relating stories of plant science and scientists on his blog, The Quiet Branches as well as other outlets. You can find him on Twitter @IHStreet.

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