There is Nothing Dangerous About Me

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There is nothing dangerous about me.
I am small.
I smile big.
My favorite thing to do in the whole world is make people laugh.

And yet …

I am a Dangerous Woman.
I am a threat to the status quo.
I am unboxable.
Yes, I know, unboxable is not a word, but I am making up words.
I’m dangerous like that.

I am dangerous.
I am dangerous because I am a woman and I am single. And that makes me happy.
I am building my own house.
I am not waiting for a partner to make a home.

I am dangerous because I don’t want to buy things,
I want to create,
make,
recycle,
repurpose.
I am hard to sell to.
I am hard to convince.

I am dangerous because I won’t be told to be quiet,
to behave,
to hold back.
I don’t want to make it if making it means stepping over others for my spot.

I am dangerous because I don’t believe there is anything wrong with my squishy body,
my springy hair,
my crooked teeth.

I am dangerous because I won’t stand for abuse.
I like swear words and I also like kindness.

I am dangerous because I want to worship where it is quiet.
I want to live a life that looks like Jesus.
I want to live in the dirty,
broken,
untouchable places.

I am dangerous because I believe in redemption,
reconciliation,
community,
generosity,
and love.

I am small.
I smile big.
My favorite thing to do in the whole world is make people laugh.
And I am also probably a little dangerous.

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Image credit: Sebastian Faust

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Sarah Joslyn
I’m more likely to answer to Sars than Sarah. That’s because years ago my brothers started calling me Sars and, as the name implies, it was infectious. I’m a self-proclaimed writer-photographer-Jesuslover-painter-adventurer-foodie. I have a near obsession with ending injustice and I’m a sucker for a good cause. I blog about life and building a tiny house at sometimesscreaminghelps.com.
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Comments

  1. Love it!

  2. I love how you’ve made this your own, Sarah.

  3. pastordt says:

    I LOVE this, Sarah. Yes, you are dangerous. In exactly the right ways. Thank you.

  4. ”I am dangerous because I don’t want to buy things, I want to create,
    make,
    recycle,
    repurpose.
    I am hard to sell to.
    I am hard to convince.”

    I like this. Really. Very nice ”double-meaning” behind it.

    ”I am dangerous because I want to worship where it is quiet.
    I want to live a life that looks like Jesus.
    I want to live in the dirty,
    broken,
    untouchable places.”

    Ahhhhh, yes. I feel this. Preach!

  5. Nicole A. Joshua says:

    You are awesome! I love this post Sars. I love your courage, your vulnerability, your in-your-face gutsiness and sassiness 🙂

    • Sarah Joslyn Sarah Joslyn says:

      Sassiness and snark are my favorites. Thank you got recognizing my vulnerability, Nicole. ❤️

  6. Meagan Ruff says:

    Sarah, you are my very best dangerous friend. You definitely make me laugh regularly, but you also challenge me and encourage me… which I love. Also, I love this post.

    • Sarah Joslyn Sarah Joslyn says:

      Meg, this made me all teary. I appreciate you so much and I am constantly inspired by your integrity and loyalty. You are pretty much the best.

  7. Sandy Hay says:

    Oh Sarah. I want your kind of dangerous. Lead on girl

  8. Katie Richardson says:

    Beautiful. I needed to hear your words because they inspire me to continue to live differently, to continue to live in a way that causes my heart to sing and be free. Thank you, sis.

  9. hm hmmm, SO good.

  10. This is just awesome, Sarah. It’s like your own personal manifesto.

    • Sarah Joslyn Sarah Joslyn says:

      Yesssss! I totally thought that when I pounded it out. Not a very tidy manifesto, but I like it.

  11. I love that you are unboxable & I completely love you. This is awesome Sarah xo

  12. Isn’t it interesting how we can’t immediately recognize our own power? It’s a little like being unable to admit (when asked) you have a gift or a strength. When you used the word “unboxable” it immediately resonated with me. It’s hard for people when we can’t be defined by one thing or another, when we don’t fit a certain premade category. That might make us dangerous to them, but I think we’re dangerous in a whole other world of ways.
    When I started art journaling a while back, that word came up as I worked, and I thought I’d share it here. Thanks for writing this piece today.

    • Sarah Joslyn Sarah Joslyn says:

      TC, wow. “My unboxability is becoming less and less a problem for ME.” That. That is incredible. And it’s exactly how I feel. ❤️

  13. LOVE THIS!!!! So much!!!

  14. Love it! Let’s all try to be a little more dangerous today!

  15. Bev Murrill says:

    I love you, Sarah Joslyn! You are more than dangerous! You are LOVE covered in skin!

  16. A small girl with a big smile. A tiny house with a big vision. Soft with kindness, hard to budge. You are a beautiful paradox!

    • Sarah Joslyn Sarah Joslyn says:

      I’ve been calling myself a “walking contradiction” since junior high. But beautiful paradox is so much sweeter. Love it.

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