July 10, 2015

Knowing what We Don’t Like, is just as important as Knowing what We Do.


I dream and create and live in a world of magic.

Today I drank good coffee and ate dark chocolate, barefoot. Ate thimble berries and saskatoons till my fingers were stained with joy.

We walked upon white stones, swam in clean sunshine warmed water, watched eagles soar overhead.

Sat naked and were dried by the wind as we talked about creating and living and being and loving and doing—only how we desired.

Then we went to Nanaimo for dinner.

Looking to continue our dream of a day. Chase the joy a little longer.

We wound up in a restaurant that was completely underwhelming.

The food was generic and anticipated. The server wasn’t our people. The people in the restaurant were joy filled and happy, drinking gin and tonics from bulk glasses with red straws. They also weren’t our people.

Halfway through we decided we would just leave. We got our food to go, and sought the ocean as a restaurant.

It was not our place. It was not our people. It was not our energy. It was not a place we wished to exist, be or spend a minute longer.

What a gift that clarity is.

What a gift to know where we don’t want to be.

Knowing what we don’t like, is just as important as knowing what we do.

I’m also aware that the people around us could of been having a magical night—there is no judgment, there is no “better,” it’s just that we all exist differently.

It feels good to know in my gut “this is not one of my places” and leave.

Without staying to make the server happy.

Without staying just because we sat down.

We always have the power to choose differently.

I choose magic.

I choose to stand up and leave when I wind up where I don’t want to be.


Relephant Reads: 

I used to be Afraid to be Naked. {Adult: Nudity}

I Will Never be a Well-Behaved Woman.


Author: Janne Robinson

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: courtesy of the author 

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Janne Robinson

Janne Robinson is a 21st-century feminist beat poet. Her voice haunts with the legacy of early feminists and poets such as Gloria Steinem, Charles Bukowski, and Jack Kerouac. Her no sugar shit prose cuts with the honesty and simplicity of Bukowski and the romantic reliability of Kerouac. Her poetry leads like a woman, walking with fire in the footprints of Steinem—breathing sexual liberation, choice, and overall championing women to their birthright of not only equality but leadership.

Robinson notoriously states that her career is to “share slabs of her heart for a living.” Her ability to capture the human experience with unrefined sincerity makes her an incredible force in the modern landscape of personal expression.

Her loyal following of enthusiasts on social media are there not only for her brutal honesty and lyrical grace but also for her lifestyle, which is a mirror of her devotion to joy and refusal to work to work to work to die. Robinson’s films and art shit on the societal “shoulds” and norms and encourage people to ‘build their own box’. She is an outrageous idealist and master at effortlessly marrying the life she wishes to live with her work, and this enrages and inspires many who believe they are trapped.

Robinson’s foray into directing and the multimedia world was in directing a spoken word poetry film in NYC involving 18 women reading the lines from her poem, “This Is For The Women Who Don’t Give a Fuck.” The film was a viral sensation online and was nominated for the 2016 Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.

Janne is very much so crowning at the beginning of what is and will be a triumphant career, and she has begun so with the hearts of millions indebted and watching as it is rare to stumble upon a woman who makes revolution nature.

You can connect with her on Instagram or at her website.