Jo Rosenthal Wants You To Have It All

By Jo Rosenthal, Image: Astrid De Prossino-Lois

“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends

We’re so glad you could attend” – Emerson Lake & Palmer

There’s about 10 to 30 seconds when you wake up in the morning where you are completely unaware of your surroundings and who you are. It’s that moment before you’ve realized that apparently ‘you’ are ‘you.’I’m not a scientist, but when it comes to that early morning confusion, I can attest to it being real. It’s very real and very confusing. What happens when we lightly come out of our slumber to start a new day is something no one has ever really been able to comprehend. Most of us are forced to do this everyday, it can start to really feel like a drag.

Because of the way the world has panned out this year, it’s been almost impossible to find a reason to get out of bed in the morning. How do we comprehend who we are and what our purpose is when the world around us fails to live up to our expectations everyday? How do we occupy the blank space that surrounds us, filling our heads with pictures that we then project into reality onto every street corner, every inch of our tiny little worlds making it so that we can live our lives on this giant, dying rock?

The answers to life’s greatest questions should be simple, but if they were, more people would have an easier time just trying to make it from day to day. What we know for sure is that there is so much more than ‘you’ and ‘me,’ and there is so much more than ‘this.’ Whatever ‘this’ is. This gallery type of white space that we take and make into our own visions of beauty seem to negatively impact us, especially in a year filled with so much horror, but we keep trying and trying just to live because at the end of the day, that’s really all we can do. 

All I can say is that we are so much brighter and more powerful than what we think we can achieve. Apparently, we are only limited by what we don’t think we can do. And in reality, there are barely things we can’t do. Our existence over thousands and thousands of years has proven that to be true. If that first living organism taught us anything, it’s that anything is possible. If you don’t believe me, believe every scientist. Especially the ones with those really good documentaries that you can pretty much stream anywhere. 

If you took that moment that you take for yourself every morning to look in the mirror, and instead look at something else around you, you’d realize that this place is filled with rocks and being and ants and trees all waiting for you to say hello. When it all boils down to it, there is so much more in this giant universe than what we know exists.

You, me, and everyone we know struggles with trying to make every part of our day less negative, and yet each day we have learned that when life hands us lemons, we use that adversity to make the best damn lemonade one could ever have. 

Imagine a candy bowl in front of you with every piece of candy you could ever want. Instead of someone smacking your hand away telling you that you can only have one, we are giving you the chance to try it all. There are no rules…there really are NO rules. As soon as you realize that we are all the same living, breathing creatures just trying to express ourselves the best ways that we can, this world becomes a more comfortable place for all of us. It isn’t stressed enough that there is a place for every single one of us and as soon as we put our pride to the side, we can figure out ways to work together to make time flow more pleasantly. 

Enough with the days when there isn’t space for e v e r y o n e. There has always been space for everyone, there are no rules. Yet- we confine ourselves to certain ideals because we think that’s what will bring something special or unique to the table. If you can’t accept everyone, flaws and all, you’re the one who needs to face a different reality to bring you into this future we are all so excited about. 

The future is here. The future is now. Join us because there is room. We saved you a seat at the table, and we just prepared the best meal you’ll ever have.

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