Dauntlessly Cautious

"Abigail is a 17-year-old eccentric with a passion for life and loving others. Writing is one of the ways in which she expresses her joy for living. She is a published author in a regional youth poetry anthology, her local newspaper, and on various blogs across the internet, including her own Dauntlessly Cautious (thiscrazywriter). When not relaxing on her favorite sofa spot, she can be found daydreaming on her neighborhood swing, taking a walk, or participating in some sort of youth group event." Read more about Abigail at https://thiscrazywriter.wordpress.com/.

I’m Not Stupid

Dear all the math and science teachers I’ve ever had, I know I don’t understand imaginary numbers. I’m sorry I just can’t get the hang of Lewis dot structures. From what you see of me in class, you must think I’m not the brightest student. After all, everybody else seems to be understanding your material. […]

Seventeen

I’m turning seventeen today. It’s about one in the morning, and I’m listening to country music on YouTube. I’m wearing my pajamas and I’m under a big blanket–it’s not cold outside in the slightest, nor am I feverish. I’m not running from the past and I’m not chasing the future. I’m not reflecting on the […]

Beautiful Flaws

My belly is a little bit pudgy. I have stretch marks on my hips and thighs. My eyelids are wrinkly. When I’m bored or nervous, I chew my lips and leave them raw. The skin around my fingers is ripped with hangnails. My hair gets frizzy. I spent years of my life going to war […]

The Worst Wedding

Recently, I’ve secretly taken an interest in my future wedding. Well, not that it’s any surprise. I spend a lot of time fantasizing about how great it will be. How about I imagine a different wedding–the worst one I can possibly imagine? The wedding is set on a beach. Contrary to the weather forecast, it […]

What I Wish Colleges Saw

In the moment, horrible times in life seem daunting, overwhelming, or even pointless. We don’t understand why these things are happening to us. A good percentage of the time, we ourselves have done nothing to precipitate the events. We don’t deserve the hardship. Once the pain has ended, however, we start seeing the point. Our […]

Pain and Perspective

In the moment, horrible times in life seem daunting, overwhelming, or even pointless. We don’t understand why these things are happening to us. A good percentage of the time, we ourselves have done nothing to precipitate the events. We don’t deserve the hardship. Once the pain has ended, however, we start seeing the point. Our […]

Why Books Are Better Than Boyfriends

Before I discovered the world of books, I was desperate for a boyfriend. Half my thoughts were about dancing in the moonlight with Prince Charming. One beautiful novel brought me out of that, and I got hooked on reading. Although I can’t say I completely forgot about romance, my mind definitely find some peace in […]

Turning Tides

My relationship with the Lord is like an ocean. It’s wide, varied, volatile, and even a bit daunting at times. Most of all, it’s full of so much more than I know, teeming with life and mysteries I have yet to discover. But, like the ocean, it ebbs and flows. Sometimes I’m overcome with love […]

Why Do We Love?

Why do we bother with relationships if most of them fail or fall apart anyway? There is something delicately beautiful about having loved, and having been loved, just as there is secret loveliness in being broken. What other purpose is there in life than to fully experience being whole, broken, and finally made new? The […]

The Goodness of Humanity

I’ve started holding up a sign in a crowded area in my city. On one side says “You are loved, worthy, strong, capable…amazing!” and on the other is “Have a nice day.” I want to help restore people’s faith in humanity, and in doing so, I end up restoring mine. Rushed commuters see my sign […]

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