Poetry On Odyssey: Not From Here, Nor From There

Poetry On Odyssey: Not From Here, Nor From There

I am a mix of beauty and this is me.

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Poetry is always up to the interpretation of the reader. However, if you wish to know where in my soul this erupted from, it was confusion.

I am from Detroit but my parents are from Mexico. My heart is not from here nor is it from there. I am a mix of beauty and this is me.

Not From Here, Nor From There

Dos different roads, one more traveled than the other.

Words erupt out of my mouth like a volcano,

no se how to elucidate my mind.

Longest trip on the train of thought,

Two distinct voices, two distinct lives.

Distinct Ambitions, Cautionary Actions,

broken barriers, forsaken fronteras.

Passionate mezcal growing from a sea of tequila,

silk road set spice on a strip of my tongue,

Dressed in knowledge with

a "standard" to my mess, a place for each stone,

no change to choices, absolutely none.

Ode to my identity, singing a soliloquy,

surrender my individuality I shall NOT.

Different ways to say Te Amo, I love you,

Distinct motions to prove it; caressing kiss, mis labios.

Her proficiency was music to my ears.

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The Coach That Killed My Passion

An open letter to the coach that made me hate a sport I once loved.
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I fell in love with the game in second grade. I lived for every practice and every game. I lived for the countless hours in the gym or my driveway perfecting every shot, every pass and every move I could think of. Every night after dinner, I would go shoot and would not allow myself to go inside until I hit a hundred shots. I had a desire to play, to get better and to be the best basketball player I could possibly be.

I had many coaches between church leagues, rec leagues, personal coaches, basketball camps, middle school and high school. Most of the coaches I had the opportunity to play for had a passion for the game like I did. They inspired me to never stop working. They would tell me I had a natural ability. I took pride in knowing that I worked hard and I took pride in the compliments that I got from my coaches and other parents. I always looked forward to the drills and, believe it or not, I even looked forward to the running. These coaches had a desire to teach, and I had a desire to learn through every good and bad thing that happened during many seasons. Thank you to the coaches that coached and supported me through the years.

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Along with the good coaches, are a few bad coaches. These are the coaches that focused on favorites instead of the good of the entire team. I had coaches that no matter how hard I worked, it would never be good enough for them. I had coaches that would take insults too far on the court and in the classroom.

I had coaches that killed my passion and love for the game of basketball.

When a passion dies, it is quite possibly the most heartbreaking thing ever. A desire you once had to play every second of the day is gone; it turns into dreading every practice and game. It turns into leaving every game with earphones in so other parents don't talk to you about it. It meant dreading school the next day due to everyone talking about the previous game. My passion was destroyed when a coach looked at me in the eyes and said, "You could go to any other school and start varsity, but you just can't play for me."

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Looking back now at the amount of tears shed after practices and games, I just want to say to this coach: Making me feel bad about myself doesn't make me want to play and work hard for you, whether in the classroom or on the court. Telling me that, "Hard work always pays off" and not keeping that word doesn't make me want to work hard either. I spent every minute of the day focusing on making sure you didn't see the pain that I felt, and all of my energy was put towards that fake smile when I said I was OK with how you treated me. There are not words for the feeling I got when parents of teammates asked why I didn't play more or why I got pulled after one mistake; I simply didn't have an answer. The way you made me feel about myself and my ability to play ball made me hate myself; not only did you make me doubt my ability to play, you turned my teammates against me to where they didn't trust my abilities. I would not wish the pain you caused me on my greatest enemy. I pray that one day, eventually, when all of your players quit coming back that you realize that it isn't all about winning records. It’s about the players. You can have winning records without a good coach if you have a good team, but you won’t have a team if you can't treat players with the respect they deserve.

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Let's Leave People Pleasing In 2018

People pleasing is turning you into an emotional pretzel and no one likes an emotional pretzel.

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Okay, this is to all the people pleasers out there. It's okay, natural even, to want to please everyone or at least the important people in our lives, but we have to stop. If you're wondering why I'm saying this, well, keep reading.

First The Basics

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If you clicked on this article you're either a. a people pleaser and you want to change, b. think you might be a people pleaser, but you aren't quite sure, or c. you were just bored and wanted to read about people pleasers/pleasing. Well, whatever it may be, I'm going to tell you what people pleasing is...it's exactly how this GIF says it is. If you are a people pleaser, then yes, you are also an emotional pretzel. And let me be the one to give you this big ass "hard to swallow" pill, at the end of the day, no one likes an emotional pretzel. Now, let's see if we can't untangle you.

1. That uncontrollable need to please people isn't healthy

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You know what I mean by this if you're a true people pleaser. No matter what it is that you do, you're ALWAYS trying to please someone or get their approval and that needs to stop. I understand the need to please people and to make them proud of you and what you're doing or trying to accomplish, but here's an idea...try pleasing yourself and forget about the other people. I know it's easier said than done, trust me. You're always going to want that approval, but you'll be a lot happier if you just focus on pleasing yourself and do what makes you happy rather than someone else.

2. Stop trying to please EVERYONE

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So if you're a people pleaser chances are you want to please EVERYONE you come across, but that has to come to an end because it is NEVER going to happen, you will never please everyone that you meet because, lets face it, it's hard to please people and you don't owe them anything. So do yourself a favor and stop trying. If you continue to try then you're going to drive yourself crazy.

3. It's your life, not anyone else's

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Seriously though, this is your life and you should live it for you and not for anyone else. I know, you want to please the people that you love and you want them to be proud of you, but if you're happy and you're doing what you want in life then they will be supportive and encouraging and if they aren't happy for you then well, I can't believe I'm about to say this, but take some advice from Kim Kardashian West here.

4. What do you want?

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This kind of falls under the same category of listicle number 3, but it's a little bit different. Okay, so I've come to the realization that we as people pleasers want validation and if we do what people want then we get that, but are we doing what we want? What's the point of our life if we are living it for someone else? It's time to do what you want, so answer this beautiful man's question "What do you want?" and don't say "To please people"...

5. It's time to flip the switch

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So by this point, you should know whether or not you're a people pleaser (which, let's face it - if you clicked on this article you probably are), know what you have been doing, and know what you need to stop doing. And chances are, if you clicked on this article then you want to change.

Flip that switch from "People-Pleaser" to "Me-Pleaser" because it's about time you start living your life for you, after all, it is your life. Like I said before, no matter how hard you try, you're never going to make everyone happy, it's inevitable. Also, the only person's happiness you can control is your own happiness. Quit putting your happiness in the hands of other's and take the reins. I promise your 2019 year will be better than any other year if you just do a few of these things.

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