All posts tagged: problems

What does being a reader mean?

Being a reader does not mean that you have to read all of the classics like Don Quixote or The Great Gatsby. It took me a long time to understand and accept this. I agree that it helps to read the classics to understand the references made to them and to gain insight on what makes writing timeless. When I became an English (Ed.) major, I chose the career out of love for reading and writing. I read young adult novels, and I wrote abstract emotional poetry. But what I didn’t know then was that I’d get to read all types of literature from different time periods. I don’t even think that I knew that some books were considered classics. I was an oblivious first-year generation college student just meeting the course requirements. I then found out that I didn’t like some of the classics or some of the most famous authors’ writing styles. It took effort to understand some works like Beowulf. This could have been lack of critical thinking on my part. When …

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 an introvert, and sometimes I forget to not act so much like myself, so that people don’t make comments like these. But I can’t help it. My thoughtful quality is what sometimes gets in the way of my happiness. (I’m not saying one has to be happy all of the time.) In a three-hour phone conversation with my father the other day, I told him that I become so used to the suffering in my life that I’m became suspicious of the week or the month without a major problem. Today, I can say that there’s not a major thing that blocks me from feeling a daily joy and still I can’t accept that joy can be a normal feeling. Maybe …