Sea of strangers

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Being human is utterly complicated. Sometimes, we come to that phase when we’re no longer interested in anything or nothing makes us happy anymore. We all want to be understood, want to belong somewhere, want to be loved. But sometimes, even those become somehow impossible to fulfill – love especially.

‘Sea of Strangers’ is a collection of poetry written by Lang Leav whose works are nothing but beautiful masterpieces that will let you go beyond love and loss. Lang Leav’s ‘Sea of Strangers’ explores themes of self-discovery, empowers women to be stronger after a broken heart and inspires girls to take care of their mental health as the book navigates the human heart.

When you reach that point when you feel so overwhelmed by life itself, you find it hard to say the right words to express your emotions out. This is why Lang Leav’s book is a work of art in terms of putting the right words to sort your feelings out.

Where it hurts

“There are days where the melancholy settles on you like a sudden change in weather. The kind of sadness that is intangible. Like the presence of an aches where you can’t pinpoint exactly where it hurts, you just know it does.”

There are times when I feel the burden in my shoulder – a burden from a small mistake I made five years ago. I have always blamed myself for all my flaws. This poem allowed me to reconsider the way I think about myself and about life. This allowed me to somehow let go of the guilt and pain.

The one thing

“Look at you. You’ve stitched your life so perfectly together. You’ve worked so damn hard to get to where you are, and now have everything you ever wanted. So why do you keep looking back at the one thing that can undo it all?”

There are pages in the poetry book that contain deep words about heartbreak, love and life, where the author poured out her emotion. And yes, her personal emotions aren’t different from others. We’ve all experienced love and heartbreak in one way or another.

Meant to be

“If they were meant to be in your life, nothing could ever make them leave. If they weren’t, nothing in the world could make them stay.”

Every page I read made me pause and take a deep breath. Lang Leav’s words resonate to me like she knew my life.

I kept wondering what my life could have been had I made different decisions. But instead of answering my own question, I continued reading ‘Sea of Strangers’ until the last page. And I still am craving for more.

Author: Lang Leav
Publication: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2018

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