Poetry On Odyssey: Side Effects Of Your First Love

Poetry On Odyssey: Side Effects Of Your First Love

Like a willow tree you will bend but never break, may the chances be in your favor.

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Side Effects of Your First Love

For your own safety, we recommend you understand the negative side effects of indulging in your first love. Every one speaks about how it can be life changing for the better, how that one person can be your solution, reaching for homeostasis. What about the chances of overdosing on the pain? I'm a firsthand victim, side effects include:

1. Staying up late with tears. Not able to catch your breath, you will grasp for air, only to fail.

2. Upset stomach thinking about how you took her for granted

3. You will get an eerie feeling every time you start over and someone asks about your last relationship. Something as simple as hearing their name will take you back, distraught. Bringing back old clips of her soft kiss and and and stuttering as well as a hot flash as your stomach drops to the floor.

4. Goosebumps will run over your skin as you think about how their heart is like tidal waves, one moment they pull you in, and embrace you their breath on your ear something you crave now. The next moment they push you away and that's when you realized this time was different when she said she was done

5. You will feel defeated that you let them down once more that you continue to torture their heart, that soon as they almost get over you, you conveniently come back and send that text at 3:07 am asking how are things

6. Multiple personalities, juggling between happiness and sadness carving a smile into your devastated face with the same knife you used to theoretically kill them with. Laughing when you want to scream, cracking jokes when in all actuality, you're cracked, damaged.

7. Wondering why no one questions why you cry. Although you cry because your relationship was built on the foundations of lies, built with bricks of past hurt and cemented together with screaming matches and mistrust, issued by someone who couldn't care less.

8. You will feel for them in the most innocent ways and realize you're a junkie without them, that you will hallucinate of better times without them although it's physically impossible. Many thought of her as a star but to me, she was the solar system. I was fascinated, learning more about her, the unknown and the possibility's she held.

9. You will navigate your feelings to somewhere in hopes of escaping your new world without her

10. You will wonder why she always wanted you because no one wanted you including yourself. Only her.

11. You will remember the time you cried because you realized you couldn't give her the world, she will then whisper with her sweet smooth voice that she never wanted the world, she just wanted you, for you.

12. You will no longer fear death because you were looking the undertaker in their eyes to just see the reflection of yourself, ready to die. Their joker smile raised as yours began to fall they inhaled the remaining life from you as enslave yourself. Diminishing to a forgettable memory, disintegrating.,

13. You won't recognize yourself anymore, wondering who this zombie is, bitten by the unloved bug

14. You will ignore your Intuition that says she's the one. Her essence radiates and gave a plague that made everyone in her presence smile and forget about the bad. Your eternal sunshine.

15. Like a willow tree, you will bend but never break

16. You will crave her skin, like silk it draped over you and complimented your melanin, thinking of this will overwhelm you with pain, traumatized.

17. She illuminated life, her love healed your heart and in return, you paid her back with your infection of heartbreak. She now knows the side effects of the first heartbreak. The moon was jealous of her sunshine, now her sunsets, no rise.

May the chances be in your favor

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5 Things To Do In Columbia, South Carolina, To Keep You Entertained

It's bigger than you'd think.

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Growing up in the state of South Carolina, I'd been to Columbia lots of times but I never really got to experience the sights and sounds quite the way I do now that I'm in school here. That being said, I feel like I've gotten to check some cool things in the past three years and I'd like to recommend some to you!

1. Get Coffee!

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Obviously, we have a trillion Starbucks, but I mean try out some of the other, more localized coffee shops such as Drip, Immaculate Consumption, Cool Beans, Zombie Coffee and Donuts, and the list goes on. And again, while we all love Starbucks, it's good to try new things, especially locally based things that put money back into your economy and locally sourced coffees.

2. Catch Some Baseball!

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We have our lovely Gamecocks in action basically every weekend, and the SEC season is underway so there will be some talented teams rolling into Columbia in the next few weeks to take on the Gamecocks. We also have the Columbia Fireflies in action pretty soon, so go check them out as well. Don't forget your glove!

3. Brunch!

My friends introduced me to some really great places to have brunch. I definitely think Tazza Kitchen is my favorite but there are so many great restaurants to explore throughout the city that have brunch food and drink specials! Also, it's a nice way to kick off or end your weekend surrounded by food and people that you care about.

4. The Great Outdoors!

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There's always something to do outside! For the most part, we have great weather, so outdoor activities are a must! And we have various festivals that come and go throughout the year. We also have lots of parks and rivers for walking, running, kayaking, swimming and more!

5. Museums!

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I know everyone thinks museums are lame but I don't! So, we have plenty of things to look at and take in around Columbia! We have a children's museum for the younger crowd, in addition to the Columbia Museum of Art and the South Carolina State Museum. I actually used to go to the state museum a lot as a kid with my parents. There are also other smaller places around Columbia and on campus to check out if you're into history like I am!

This is only a small list of the attractions in Columbia. For all the trash I talk about this state and about this city, it does have some pretty loveable things. You can eat your heart out, learn, cheer on your favorite team and that could only be day one.

If you have any other suggestions of things to do or would like to request me as your personal tour guide, let me know!

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I Tried A New Art Form And Gained Valuable Insight

Creativity is the key to unlocking some of life's most well-kept secrets.

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One of my professors recently assigned a creativity project in their class. The purpose of the project was to express our ingenuity in a manner that we have not tried before.

I have always been fascinated by the videos of street artists creating city landscapes and various other images with spray paint. The creative methods in which the artists achieve the desired effects, as well as the time-efficient craft, was, in a word, mesmerizing to me.

So, I decided to use the opportunity to explore this new medium. I quickly came to realize how this art form that seemed so simple wasn't nearly as easy as it appeared from behind a screen.

Before I began, I had to accept the facts. I had a limited supply of spray paint with none of the tools typically seen within the videos to manipulate it on the canvas. Instead, I just had a lot of old newspaper.

Another thing I lacked was a stencil, so I had to rely on my minimal artistic abilities and pieces of printer paper taped together to outline the image I was looking to center the piece around.

This experience led me to a few different conclusions about creativity and the limits we as a society put on our own creative expression.

Going in, I didn't really have a crystal clear idea of how to approach the piece. Sure, I'd seen numerous videos and had a basic idea of how to achieve a more textured look but as for proper execution, I was lost.

After the project was completed, I took a minute to realize how much time and practice the individuals who sell their pieces put into them.

The process in and of itself was not too time-consuming, but in no way was it a quick project that I could throw together and feel confident enough to turn in, let alone sell. The thought alone of creating the art in public stressed me out.

While I felt good looking at my piece, I was also recognizing the fact it was a project and something that was supposed to look a little unhinged. If it didn't have flaws, or if you had done it before, the idea of finding a new way to express yourself would be lost in translation.

After a bit more of a reflective period, I found myself thinking about why I hadn't tried this form of art before.

In present-day society, we don't often give ourselves the opportunity to play or express our artistic abilities. Instead, we force ourselves to trudge on and ignore the very things that make life more manageable.

We shouldn't shy away from the things that interest us, whether it be a particular career path, project, or hobby. It's important to recognize the importance of challenging yourself in ways that seem unconventional.

While I may not have been entirely comfortable spray painting, I was able to discover a newfound appreciation for art through the project.

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