Poetry Series: Living or Just Existing?
Start writing a post

Poetry Series: Living or Just Existing?

Welcome to my new poetry series all about growth, personal ascension, enlightenment, troublesome touchy subjects. All relating to our mind, body, and spirit. Sit back and relax. Stay a while.

Poetry Series: Living or Just Existing?

I've been hurt a lot.

From relationships.

From family.

From friends.

But haven't we all?

We constantly dwell on the things that have happened to us.

We start to change how we act.

How we receive love.

How we respond.

How we carry ourselves.

We modify our light to make sure it doesn't happen again.

But I'm sure it has happened again hasn't it?

The more we push it away the more it fights back.

We try to push the pain away.

Versus working through it.

Acknowledging it.

Understanding it.

We bury it.

In hopes of it never resurfacing,

Most of the time though it does.

We didn't learn our lesson.

We let it define us.

Our behaviors.

Our love for ourselves.

Our relationships.

We need to understand that bad things can happen to good people.

Bad things can happen to you.

To them.

To everyone,

But that's how we grow.

That's how we understand ourselves.

We start to collect our wants in relationships.

We start to understand boundaries and limits.

We start to understand human behavior and human connection more deeply than before.

And some may say what a shame.

But I say what a success.

That you were able to see the light through the darkness.

You were able to keep getting up with the understanding that maybe it could happen again.

You allowed yourself to step into that pain.

That betrayal.

That mistreatment.

And say I will not let this define me.

And I will move forward.

We are the strongest fighters of our own battles.

We can rise and we can sink,

But just because you may sink doesn't make you weak.

It makes you vulnerable.

It means you can feel.

And that is your strongest gift.

That you can feel regardless of the things that have happened to you.

I am proud of you for stepping back into the world and trying again.

The second you stop trying,

Is the second you stop living

So you have to make that choice.

Do I want to live,

or do I just want to exist?

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Fall Weather Must-Haves

Put away the swim suits and your favorite high-waisted shorts!


The transitional months of fall can cause some fashion headaches as you try to figure out what clothing to keep in your closet. With limited amount of college living space and the ever-unpredictable Nebraska weather, sometimes it’s difficult to know what should be taking up that precious closet space as you transition into winter. As you pack away those tanks and shorts for the chilly months ahead, get your closet ready with a few Fall must-haves. 

Keep Reading... Show less
Content Inspiration

Top 3 Response Articles of This Week

Take a look at the articles driving big conversations on Odyssey.


At Odyssey, we're on a mission to encourage constructive discourse on the Internet. That's why we created the response button you can find at the bottom of every article.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

Holidays With A Small Family

I wouldn't trade what we have for the world.

Matt Johnsn

When I was a kid I always went to my grandparents house whenever we celebrated any sort of holiday. We were a decently sized family and it was always a blessing to be in their house and surrounded by love during the holiday season. However, that all changed when my grandfather passed away and my grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. The family then began to drift apart and life went on, and we ended up all celebrating our own holidays with other family members.

Keep Reading... Show less

Safe Spaces Or Regressive Spaces?

Turns out shielding yourself from ideas can be detrimental to your ability to learn


College is a place for people who want to learn. That is the primary function of any academic institution. Its purpose is not to coddle us, nor should the community always be in agreement with us. We are supposed to surround ourselves with a variety of viewpoints that challenge us to learn, not the same repetitive points of view that make us happy.

Keep Reading... Show less

Black Friday is back to being Black Friday

This year, malls are standing up against Black Friday beginning on Thanksgiving. Doors won't be opening until Friday morning.


Last week my twitter feed was full of exclamations of how excited people were that our local mall, Westmoreland Mall would be closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. For those who work during the busy holiday days and hours, a celebration was in order. For the die-hard deal finders and shoppers though, they didn’t seem very happy.

Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments