Poetry On Odyssey: Sick Of Myself

Poetry On Odyssey: Sick Of Myself

If even I'm sick of me, I know everyone around me must be too...

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Reaching out for help is one of the hardest things to do, especially if you begin to feel like a burden because of it. This is a piece written about so desperately needing to talk it out, to get some help, but feeling like it's asking too much of the people around you.

Sick Of Myself

I can't go to anybody for help because they've all heard it a million times.

It's nobody's fault but my own and to push that burden on others is unfair.


Everyone around me is so beautiful, so filled with potential.

I look into myself, and I can see the winding staircases that make up my ribs.

An endless journey upstairs that nobody should be forced to conquer.

I can only tear down these steps myself, and I feel like my hammer just broke in my hands.


There is an endless thunderstorm following in my footsteps, and everyone around me is sick of the rain and lightning.

Why can't the static electricity make me feel something?

Maybe if I hold up all my insecurities like metal poles, something will finally spark.


If you listen close, you can hear the monotonous ticking underneath my words when I speak

I am a ticking time bomb.

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My Friend Got Sick In The Dominican Republic

From visiting the beautiful beaches to spending six hours in a hospital of a foreign country.

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I visited the Dominican Republic from June 7 to June 14 this summer for my high school graduation trip. My family and best friend Jordan stayed at the Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana. I'm not hopping onto the bandwagon of all these stories coming out about this country that relies so much on tourism. I'm not here to condemn the resort or the country, because despite all the trouble I went through, I had an amazing time. I'm simply here to tell my story about what happened.

Right before we left for the trip, we heard all the stories about people dying in the country. This obviously made us all paranoid because we didn't want to end up like those people. We wanted to be careful. Most of the people who died at resorts had a drink from the minibar in the hotel and were poisoned by insecticides, had bloody diarrhea, throwing up blood, and had eventually had respiratory problems. We were aware of the symptoms and were knowledgable before going into this foreign country.

The first four days of the trip we were all having an amazing time. We enjoyed the beautiful beaches, swimming in the fourteen different pools, and eating like gluttons. I met so many beautiful and kind people from the Dominican Republic. Every person welcomed us as "familia", Spanish for family. On the fourth day, we decided to go on an excursion through the hotel. We went snorkeling and swam through the clear blue water. Jordan and I danced with the crew members on the boat. We shopped for souvenirs from locals and finally called it a day.

When we got back on the bus to the resort, my dad was shivering and was short of breath. His stomach was cramping and his forehead was on fire like he had a fever. After the longest thirty minutes of my life worrying about him, we finally made it back and he rushed to the bathroom. For the next twelve hours, he rested in the hotel room. The next day he was fine and had seemed to just catch a twenty-four bug.

Then, the next night Jordan was spending a lot of time in the bathroom. I figured it was just because she was adjusting the spicy food of the Dominican and that it would pass. In the morning when I had woken up, she told me had a fever and had been going to the bathroom every hour. My mom gave her anti-diarrhea medicine and she felt better the next day after resting in the room. We got her dinner of a small pizza and we went to bed, an uneventful day.

Jordan woke me up at 2 A.M. that night calling my name from the bathroom and asking for a trashcan. It was coming out of both ends at this point. After calling my mom and her dad, who was still in the U.S., we decided to call the resort doctor and have her come to the room. The doctor then determined that she was extremely dehydrated and needed to be transported to the hospital.

We got there at 4:30 A.M.. and Jordan had an IV put into her with anti-diarrhea medicine and saline. After multiple tests, the doctors said that she had a bacterial infection in her stomach. They gave her antibiotics and multiple packets of pills to take home and we left the clinic at 10:30 A.M. at last. She's going to be fine, but we were all scared because of all the news stories going on.

When we got back to the resort, multiple people who we had seen at the clinic came up to us and told us how their relatives experienced the same thing Jordan had. When I did some research, an article stated that 45 people had gotten violently ill from eating at the Toro restaurant at the Hard Rock Resort in Punta Cana, which is where we ate the night before Jordan got sick.

We were lucky, you could say. I'm not sure it's necessarily all the resort's fault or the country's though. Although all these things happened to us, I believe that it's a matter of doing your research before you go to any country. Any country's food could make you sick. We don't know exactly where Jordan or my dad got sick from. All these bad news stories coming out could've played into why we reacted so harshly.

Saying all this, I would still love to visit the Dominican Republic again. I want to visit so many other countries across the world. For anyone else that is reading this and is scared to visit a country like this, I say just go for it. Know the risks, but know that there are rewards. You can't let fear hold you back from living your life, because dying in America is just as likely from other things.

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5 NBA Free Agents That Could Completely Change The NBA

You're traveling through another dimension, the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. You've just crossed over into the NBA free agency.

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As the off-season of the 2018-2019 NBA season approaches, one of the most star-studded free agency lists in past years has the potential to flip the NBA we've known since LeBron James' "The Decision" on its head. Talents such as Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard, and DeMarcus Cousins are looking forward to new contracts or new homes for next season. On top of free agency, the most talked about athletes the past two years, Zion Williamson is entering the 2019 NBA Draft. Enjoy your last few days of normality within the league, it appears we're aimed to enter the twilight zone.

1. Kevin Durant

Arguably the greatest scorer in the NBA, Kevin Durant enters free agency this summer. With the world at his feet, the four-time NBA scoring champion has to make an important decision for his future and legacy. Regardless of where the two time NBA champion lands, the team will instantly be considered a contender within their conference. Many consider the youthful Knicks organization with athletic talents like Dennis Smith Jr. and Kevin Knox alongside the third overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft front runners for Durant.

2. Kawhi Leonard

It's Kawhi Leonard's world and we're just living in it. His transition in Toronto following a rough breakup with the San Antonio Spurs has been satisfying to watch. Kawhi concluded his David vs. Goliath story against the back-to-back defending NBA champions with an NBA Championship, the world has no choice but to accept his reign as the most dominant NBA player on the planet today.

3. Kyrie Irving

Between injury and an inconsistent post-season performance, Kyrie's value is unclear. It is also uncertain what Kyrie values for himself. After leaving Cleveland to escape LeBron's shadow and create his own legacy, he later admitted it was a foolish act and he's learned a valuable lesson from it. All signs are pointing towards a reunion between LeBron and Kyrie. Arguably one of the most dominant NBA duos of all-time, the Western Conference should be weary of the two reuniting under the bright Staples Center lights.

4. Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson has proven to be a ruthless athlete determined to do what's best for his team to win. Under the Golden State Warriors organization, Thompson's established himself as one of the deadliest shooters in the league. Recently, Thompson has developed his play on the opposite side of the floor, earning himself an NBA All-Defense award for the 2018-2019 season. Personally, I think Klay Thompson is the dark horse in the NBA Free Agency. I believe his potential is far greater than we've seen throughout his run in Golden State.

5. DeMarcus Cousins

Much like Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins has suffered from injury and inconsistent play in the post-season. Unfortunately for Cousins, the Warriors will most likely focus their available cap space on players like Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant due to his rocky history under the organization. Everyone is aware of the skillset DeMarcus Cousins possesses but that's not enough to secure the max deal he's looking for when considering the negative baggage coming alongside him.

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