Poetry On Odyssey: Old Thoughts, Renewed

Poetry On Odyssey: Old Thoughts, Renewed

Everybody could see this coming but me...

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I wrote this piece while I was in high school, but it has become relevant to me again. It's a dialogue about wanting to be good enough for somebody but always falling short. It's fueled by jealousy and anger towards the person that matters more than you do to somebody else and the thoughts that maybe if you were just a little more like that person, you'd finally be worth something.

Old Thoughts, Renewed

I can feel it all falling apart.

I do not know how to fix this,

Become a newer model,

be a little more like her.

Ambitious, beautiful, new and full of promise.

I could at least come in second place, the race gets old when you're barely pushing for last.

Maybe I wouldn't have been passed by in the first place.

Just an old race car, abandoned on the race track to rot.

Cheers from an audience full of ghosts playing through battered radio speakers and broken tuning dials.

I am nothing but scrap metal waiting for salvagers.

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You Don't Need To Be A Feminist To Acknowledge We All Share A Human Connection

An aspect in life we can agree on, feminist or not.

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To my surprise, there are conservatives who aren't completely consumed with the idea that feminism consists merely of opinionated and obnoxious women who are overly sensitive and despise all men.

The article "Two Cheers for Feminism!," written by conservative author David Brooks, provides excellent examples of how feminism is much broader than the stereotypes it has come to earn.

Upon reading the first line, I grew skeptical as to whether or not the article would hold a sarcastic title.

Brooks states, "I disagree with academic feminism a lot — with those vague oppressor stories about the patriarchy, with the strange unwillingness to admit inherited-gender differences and with the tone of faculty lounge militancy,"

Ensuring my skepticism towards his tone and ideologies regarding the remainder of the article.

Knowing Brooks is typically categorized as a conservative, I was surprised to see a title having positive reinforcement on a completely liberal topic. As the article progressed, I was amazed by how Brooks expressed his opinions on this specific aspect of feminism in such a favorable way.

He discusses how males and females grow up with different morals towards empathy as well as relationships towards emotions. Stated very evidently,

"...[our] culture teaches girls not to talk and boys not to feel. Girls begin to say, 'I don't know.' Boys say, 'I don't care.' They've been pushed away from honest sharing and deep connection."

This statement especially resonated with me.

Women have historically been seen as weaker, even lesser, than men, while in the 21st century, the narrative has shifted.

However, a new perception of women does not mean the standards of humanity have changed as well. Men are still taught, in the words of composer Christophe Beck, to "Conceal, don't feel." They are afraid of expressing their true emotions, held back by preconceived notions telling them they will be shamed for expressing their feelings.

Because men grow up believing they are supposed to be competitive and authoritative, they become suppressed of valuable psychological connections. These connections are, in my opinion, a minuscule, yet critical, piece of what links an individual to their humanity.

Just barely grasping the importance of learning about healthy relationships with emotions can impact how you live your entire life.

Looking into a more present perspective, the correlation between depression and the societal norms of masking one's emotions is apparent now more than ever. Thomas Scheff, a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, composed an article elaborating on the issue.

In it, Scheff writes,

"Modern societies take a dim view of emotions. They are usually judged to be far less important than the material world, behavior, thought and most everything else."

I agree entirely with his statement, finding that mental health — and the stigma that is associated with it — has progressively become a more crucial issue in our world, yet we still fail to see the true roots of the issue and ways of prevention.

Nothing can be fixed without targeting the foundation of the problem at hand.

Brooks is entitled to his own views on feminism. However, he is able to put his personal biases aside to acknowledge the benefits feminism has proven to have in regards to human connection.

According to Merriam-Webster, the dictionary definition of feminism is "the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes."

Despite this, society has warped feminism's denotation, and I believe it should be altered once more. Having aspects of both unity and emotional intelligence are necessary to create a connection with each and every person; the core of what I believe feminism truly stands for.

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Having A Unique Relationship With Your Roommate Isn't Bad, It Can Actually Be Quite Great

Some people are always talking to their roommate hanging out all the time, but mine might be different.

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College is the land of the jungle and one of the best ways to get through is to have some friends. Usually, your first friend is probably your roommate and that is totally understandable but my first friend wasn't my roommate and honestly had a different way of getting to know him.

When I was going through out housing portal to find a roommate I really didn't know what i was doing. Should I message him? Should I try to meet him beforehand? I didn't do either. I saw the first name and went from there, for all i knew he could've been completely insane but, he wasn't thankfully.

Moved in and it was all good and we still didn't talk to each other on move in day, I know that sounds crazy but we didn't say a word to each other. It was weird that I would have to share this tiny cramped space with someone that I haven't even talked to yet. But, hey at some point i knew we would. to be honest, my mom was the first one to talk to him and they actually had a lot on common. they both grew up in the same neighborhood, crazy.

We finally talked to each other after about three weeks of going here and living with each other. We got to know each other a lot and we actually had a lot in common, we must've talked for 2 to 3 hours about random stuff, but it was so much fun. Then after that we didn't talk again for like another 3 or 4 days. Honestly, that is completely fine with me. We both understood how busy our lives would be since we are taking so many classes, studying, being with friends, and working.

I'm going to be honest, we don't talk to each other everyday, hang out and go to eat together, go to parties, or hell even play video games together. We share the space and we stay cool with each other. We make sure everything works in the room and we maintain the relationship of that we make it through the year without problems. I think both us don't expect much since we are guys and that can be an easy thing to handle.

But, through all of that I gladly call my roommate my friend. He's a guy that I can go to for advice on relationships, talk to about nerdy stuff that I know others couldn't relate to, and also be cool with that we won't talk every single day or hang out a bunch. It is different, but it's that good different that makes you step out of the comfort zone a bit. Someday he will read this and I hope he has embraced our time and sees me as a friend as well. Because I know he's a great guy and a great friend, maybe he doesn't right now but maybe over time we will be great friends.

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