while it is accustomed to firmly
shake hands when first meeting,
I want to give hugs.
We have been indoctrinated to think firmly gripped handshakes demonstrate confidence and power.
And well, I don’t want to show you my power and confidence through a firmly gripped handshake.
I want to demonstrate those qualities through my body and everyday habits.
My body says I am confident.
I prioritize me, my health, self love and self care.
My habits say I have power.
I am disciplined in my quest towards my own success.
I don’t want to shake your hand with a firm grip.
I want to show you my kindness when we meet
I want to give hugs as greetings
I want to embrace each other
I want connection, not intimidation
I want to make the other feel loved.
I want to lift each other’s energy
I want to spread love in this world