Poetry On Odyssey: Scared Of Feeling Broken

Poetry On Odyssey: Scared Of Feeling Broken

Sometimes heartbreak feels like something we can't avoid, but is it worth enduring to pursue love?

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It's easy to feel hopeless when it comes to relationships. You invest so much time into someone that if it ends, it's hard to get over. When that happens so often it's easy to be left scared when meeting someone new. But can it be overcome? This is a poem I wrote on that matter

Scared of Feeling Broken

I love you...

Yet I don't want to...

I don't want to love the way you get so angry

when that one strand of hair doesn't fall like the rest

I don't want to love the way you make me your shelter

when you bury your head into my chest

I don't want to love how you shine brighter than fireworks in July

Or the melodious symphonies you fabricate in the evenings that I lie

I don't know why it is easier to say goodnight

When so much of me you've awoken

And I safeguard it wholeheartedly

Because it's easier than being spoken

I'm scared of falling in love with you

Because that would leave me open

See I don't know if you will be there to catch me

For the reason

Everything that ever falls

Gets broken

But I guess I need to have a leap of faith

If I don't move forward

What progress can I make can't expect success if I never take

I can't expect to feel love

If I never put my hand in the depths

I can't expect to love you truly

If I never take the step

There's going to be times when I'm scared

There's going to be times I feel broken

But nothing will ever amount

To the feelings you have awoken

And though I'm not prepared for every hardship

I'm prepared to face them with you

Because when I hold your hand

There is nothing "we" Can't do

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5 Reasons To Look Forward To Finals Week

It might seem like the most dreaded week of the semester, but there are a few perks.

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Finals week is universally known to be one of the toughest weeks for college students. We spend the majority of our time locked up in our rooms studying like crazy and don't have much time to hang out with our friends, watch TV, or even have the slightest bit of downtime for that matter. However, there are a few things that finals week brings that aren't THAT terrible. I mean okay, it's still a little bit terrible. But I'm trying to look at the bright side and see the light at the end of the tunnel!

1. Warmer weather

By the time finals roll around, it should finally be shorts weather! You might be studying all day, but at least you can do so without freezing.

2. You get a little bit of leeway

People usually give you a break on almost everything during finals week. You aren't expected to do any chores, run any errands, or quite frankly do anything. Your only job is to study as hard as you can, otherwise you're free from responsibility!

3. You don't have to look presentable

Finals week = sweatshirt and messy bun all the way. No one cares what you look like, because its a unanimous agreement among your class that no one is going to judge.

4. You form a bond with your classmates

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After studying for hours together, you're bound to make a few new friends! Who knows, your Bio study buddy could be your new best friend for life.

5. The end is near

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So maybe this week is really tough, but just think, you're one week away from an entire three months off! It's literally the light at the end of the tunnel, so just hang in there!

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How Nazis Destroyed The Early LGBTQ+ Movement

Berlin was once the center for the LGBTQ+ movement. Was.

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Many people are unaware of the LGBTQ+ movement before Stonewall. Broad accusations of queer identities becoming "trendy" are often debated without an in-depth discussion of life before the nuclear family.

There is a reason for this lack of contextual factors. And it's not a happy one. Simon LeVay, neuroscience known for his work with gay men, claims that "America was not the birthplace of the gay-rights movement." Berlin was. Was.

The erasure of LGBTQ+ people, especially transgender people, has been amplified through historical revisionism and censorship throughout the years. An example? The Berlin book burning.

The Berlin book burnings occurred in May 1993, by German university students. This was the largest of the orchestrated burnings, but many occurred throughout the nation. These burnings targeted literature that did not fit within Nazi standards or had "un-German spirit." Many of these works were written and published by Jewish authors. The propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, claimed: "The era of extreme Jewish intellectualism has come to an end."

Magnus Hirschfield, a sexologist, was one of the many authors who would see the flames of censorship seize his work. Hirschfield formed the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee, dedicated to the social recognition of LGBTQ+ individuals. It was the first queer advocacy group, ever.

Hirshcfield, along with Arnold Kronfeld, also ran the Institut für Sexualwissenschaft, or loosely translated, Institute of Sexology. Hirschfield pioneered the term "transsexualism," and many transgender people were both clients and employees of the Institute, and presented at conferences. The Institute also provided gender-affirming surgeries -- The "Danish Girl," Lili Elbe, underwent surgery here.

In early Berlin, LGBTQ+ magazines existed. LGBTQ+ bars, bookstores, and travel guides existed. Berlin was the birthplace of the LGBTQ+ movement, and many individuals thrived despite laws against homosexuality.

But this all changed when the Nazis came into power.

On May 6, students broke into The Institute and stole the archives of the library, including 12,000+ books. Only four days later, they were destroyed in the burning.

After Nazism took full reign in Germany, life changed completely for LGBTQ+ individuals. An estimated 100,000 men were arrested for homosexuality under Nazi Germany. Up to 15,000 of these men ended up in concentration camps.

We have lost countless, irreplaceable research due to Nazism. We have lost countless, irreplaceable lives due to Nazism.

And we can't let this happen again. With the rise of the far-right, with the passage of laws targeting LGBTQ+ people under the Trump administration, we are losing the progress we've made over the past several years.

So educate yourself on LGBTQ+ history. Speak out against bigotry.

The more education we provide, the less power bigotry will have.

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