why I read, why I write

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“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”

-James Baldwin

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pathos

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Literature has been one of my loves since grade school, but sadly I haven’t been able to spend as much time reading as I would like. My nose always seems to be stuck in a biology textbook, sigh, but I guess absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Words have a way with me. The cadence of language captivates me and its ability to evoke emotion excites me. Words can stand the test of time, shapeshift into different languages, connect us to our past, and influence our future.

While I find all forms of literature beautiful,  I am particularly taken with poetry because it is the most lyrical. If you’re not familiar with poetry, I suggest you start with works by the Big 6 Romantics including William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, John Keats, and William Wordsworth. If you’re a fan of nature, check out Robert Frost and Theodore Roethke. And if you’re a hopeless romantic like me, you should check out Pablo Neruda’s (he’s my favorite) love poems and odes. Sonnet XVII makes my heart melt as does Shakespeare’s famous Sonnet XVIII.

Speaking of sonnets, I wrote one myself since I can’t find a boy who will write me one… I also wrote a haiku, which was a lot easier to write. And since I was feeling unusually bold, I submitted these two poems to my school’s literary magazine, Pathos. They accepted both (yay) and you can find them in the Fall 2016 issue online here.

twenty one

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Ah, yes. I spent the last 21 years spinning around the sun and in that time, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, memories, but most importantly, progress. This year, I’ll have my W’s as well as some L’s but I’ll take these moments, both bitter and sweet, as opportunities to grow. I can already see myself riding the struggle bus in 2017 (heh grad school applications) but on the brighter side, I can finally grab a beer with my friends after a grueling four hour lab, stuff my face with happy hour tater tots, and get into 21+ concert halls!

As I continue on this messy but beautifully chaotic journey, I simply aim to do more. I resolve to love myself more, embrace my flaws, spend more time staring at artwork, wear sunscreen every day and mooorrreee.

Come along and [join me] on this fantastic voyage! 🙂