Poetry On Odyssey: Turns

Poetry On Odyssey: Turns

I thought that I had all the answers, but really, I had none of them.

I plan when I get nervous about something. It calms me to have an idea of what is going to happen because of the unknown, something that I cannot control, scares me more than anything. The unknown prevents me from trying new things and taking risks, from making new friends and talking to people in elevators. I try to do new things whenever possible, but I also do not like having anxiety attacks in public places because, again, you can’t know what will happen when they occur.

This year I have decided to try new things and meet new people. One of the new things is writing poetry. This poem is full of lessons I learned during my first semester in college and the results that came from my planning gone wrong.

When I took my first college history class, I thought that I would be the one teaching everyone else.

Turns out, I was the one being taught.

When I went to volunteer, I thought I would be “helping out.”

Turns out, I gave them more work to do after I burnt two batches of popcorn.

When I stayed home, I thought I would be alone.

Turns out, I was alone with my thoughts and that’s never a good place to be.

When I started writing, I thought that my brain was in control of the content.

Turns, out my heart was.

When I left for college, I thought that I had all the answers.

Turns out, I had none of them.

I have always lived by the rule that if you fear something: learn about it. I would be nervous about an upcoming event or milestone in my life and I would research and plan for what I was going to do. But, sometimes no matter how much you plan something goes wrong. This semester, I have learned that in life you can’t stop what you think is impossible from occurring. As you see it coming bend your knees and lean into the turn. Life is unpredictable.

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13 Quotes For All Of Us Empowered Female-Identifying People Out There

For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.


For the days when you need to be reminded that you are really doing the dang thing and doing it well.

1. Do you really need someone else's permission, acceptance, wink, or nod, or are you ready to give these to yourself? -The Universe

I get notes from the Universe everyday and all of them are so amazing and inspiring. There might be a few of them on this list. You can sign up for your own notes from the universe here.

2. The princess saves herself in this one. -Amanda Lovelace

The quote is based off a book called The Princess Saves Herself In This One, which is a collection of poetry about resilience, you can get the book here.

3. I'm made of more than you think. -Snow White, Mirror, Mirror

4. Other people's perception of you ain't none of your business. -Lisa Nichols


5. Do you realize how many events and choices that had to occur since the birth of the universe leading to the making of just exactly the way you are? -Mrs. Which, A Wrinkle In Time

I love this because it really hits home how so many right and wrong decisions led to the creation of you and how you should appreciate the good and the bad because without either of them you wouldn't be exactly who you were supposed to be.

6. You can't stop what's done to you. You can only survive it. -Rachel, Georgia Rule 

This brings up an important theme of my life that I'm still trying to figure out. The only thing you can control in your life is how you react to what happens to you.

7. Don't let anyone ever make you feel like you don't deserve what you want. -Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

8. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. -Queen Clarisse, The Princess Diaries

9. No trifling of the past, no matter how great, can tarnish the brilliance of eternity. -The Universe

10. People who are insignificant to your future shouldn't have an impact on your present.

Someone once told me this, and although I can't remember the person, this quote has always stuck with me.

11. Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before. -Lady Gaga

You know what... I think she was talking about you.

12. Tell yourself it's easy. Tell yourself often. Make it an affirmation. Eat, sleep, breathe it, and you life shall be transformed. -The Universe

13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. -Mark Twain 

Go on then, be empowered and trust your instincts, you've got big things coming... I can tell.

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