My Struggle with Being Happy

More than a week ago, my cousin caught me thoughtful during a conversation. He asked, “What are you thinking about?” During that same week, when we were in an airport my mother commented that it looked like I was in another world. It doesn’t surprise me when people make these observations: I’m analytical, I’m anContinue reading “My Struggle with Being Happy”

Are Your Writing Drafts Just as Valuable as the Final Draft?

I walked through my local art museum a couple weeks ago and saw a Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro collection. I was struck by seeing drafts of the same etchings side by side. I expected to only see the final versions. The information box said that the artists, “gave their working process muchContinue reading “Are Your Writing Drafts Just as Valuable as the Final Draft?”

A Spiritual Maturity & Grandeur

I was standing in front of an arrangement of roses with my uncle. We’d been in the dining room when I asked him if he had a simple piece of advice for me to find inner peace. When we stood in front of these flowers, he started telling me something important about the reason flowersContinue reading “A Spiritual Maturity & Grandeur”

The Feeling of Adventure

I am in awe of airplanes. I went to my city’s airport twice this year before it was my turn to get on a plane to travel. I was left with this craving to watch planes land and take off as I saw them, then, through morning gold light and tall window panes. I stillContinue reading “The Feeling of Adventure”

Dear Writer with Frustration, Inspiration, & Passion

Dear writer, I’m with you. Like you I’m waiting for my breakthrough. Out of frustration and out of inspiration I write here. First, because even when literary journals or magazines have rejected my works, I refuse to believe that my writing isn’t worth publishing. Second, because Etty Hillesum, a not-so-well-known writer died too young andContinue reading “Dear Writer with Frustration, Inspiration, & Passion”

On the “Skull-Sized Kingdom” and Life Purpose

I’ve been thinking too much about the purpose of my life. Too many days in the past I’ve found life meaningless, so I have searched for answers in books like I usually do. A long time ago, I took a creative writing workshop at my local community college, and one of my professor’s recommended readsContinue reading “On the “Skull-Sized Kingdom” and Life Purpose”

One Lesson from Etty Hillesum’s Diaries

  It never ceases to amaze me how I continue to learn from dead people who are not blood related. While reading Etty Hillesum’s diaries which were written from 1941 to 1943, I found myself dog earring pages where I found quotes applicable to my life. One of the things that amazes me about EttyContinue reading “One Lesson from Etty Hillesum’s Diaries”