Poetry, Prose, and Curated Art for Millennial Minded Musings.
Goede Vrijdag / Good Friday: Landscapes of Utrecht, sticks & stones, and the rooms that house my experiences.
Hallo, goedenavond, and welkom. My name is Lindsey and this is my first official blog post. Ever. Wow. So I’m new to this & while I’ve used social media on face book, I have yet to create such an interactive narrative within the scope of my life & experiences. If face book is a window within the outline of my academic career, social beliefs & politics, love & family, I would imagine this space to be an open door to those who wish to walk with me on this journey I have recently engaged on. This blog is meant to be a reflection of my transition from child / adolescent / young adult, and transformation into a Woman. While its hard for me to explain all in one moment, I hope that it will become all the more clear to me as time transgresses, and what was always meant to be, is.
I want to kick this party off my inviting you to visit me here in the Netherlands where I will be living for the coming six months, through the end of June. As you may or may not know, I am a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, or commonly known as UCLA, where I major in American Literature & Culture, with minor (and yet completely massive) understudies in Social Thought, theory, and construction. I have a lot of fun learning, reading, and acquiring knowledge. School is awesome — I highly recommend it to anyone who may ask or is interested. 🙂 So yes, I am now FES, a foreign exchange student for fans of that 70*s show, at the Universiteit of Utrecht, a half hour outside of Amsterdam by train. This place is a trip. Really, I’m loving it. There is an old ancient energy alive here, and its exciting being able to sense, see, hear, and experience it. So I really hope that the images I have captured and shared here in this forum will translate the incredible beauty that is highlighted in the rooms, windows, and landscapes of this magical parallel universe that I inhabit.
As this blog progresses, I will also share some very exciting recent developments in my life. Most joyfully & happily, my Lover, Friend, & Partner of nearly 13 years, Jorge Luis, asked me to be his Wife at the close of our first tour of Paris over the 2015 New Year celebrations. It was Perfection. Everything. So I won’t reveal to much at the moment, but trust that I will revisit our collective memories in time, and invite you to share in on our love story. Its a good one. 🙂
Finally, I want this blog to an outlet for self-expression, and my growth as an artist. A self-described artist without an art, I have consumed many hours, days & nights pondering my own existence & place in this world. It might as well be on my resume – Unknown. I write, I take pictures, I tell stories. But at the end of the day, I am a young woman struggling to come into her own, to define herself in the creation of identity. I imagine many young people out there are working to overcome obstacles & struggles with insecurity, self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and disillusionment. These fears have weighed heavily on me over the years, and the only thing I had to hang onto was my own life. And trust that there were times when I was hanging on by a single string. Were it not for a collective of very special people in my life to push & pull me through the fog, I would have been lost. George. Mom. Dad. Maria Amelia. Grandma. Andrew, my brother. My Sisters – Lauren, Kristen, Jessica, and my light, Grace. You give me strength, and its everything to me. So yes, many thanks & love to the extended support system that keeps an eye out for me, sends me prayers & wishes, and keeps me humble, grounded, and gracious.
So here I am. I’m Lindsey. Lindsey Anne Lee. I’m 29, nearly 30. I’m a Woman & very happy about that biological development. 🙂 I’m a student, an eternal learner & songbird, daughter, sister, friend, lover. I am a reflection of many — refractions of diverse color & shade. And then there is me. The seed, the center, the root, and the core. In the pages of Jazz Toni Morrison wrote, “There’s only one apple… Just one. Tell Joe.” (213)
Take a bite. Lindsey living life.
The soundtrack to this post was powered through the music of Madonna: Ray of Light, Music, and American Life. Edits made with Confessions On a Dancefloor. I would also like to recognize that I began this post on vrijdag, friday, the 23rd of januari, and submitted it for completion on zaterdag the 24th.