The Unlearning Habits of Spring


I step out, anticipating excitement for warmer weather but only experienced a deep sadness.

You see, I’m working to love spring.


Spring reminds me of my birthday and while in the moment, a joyous occasion, the events that would surround it - not so much. To this day, I’m not sure if those events were terrible coincidences or creations of my subconscious. 

Spring reminds me of panic attacks. 

The first one, the day after my 16th birthday. The most intense one on my 18th. Shit, I don’t even remember my 17th birthday and it’s probably because I’ve wanted to forget it for a very long time. 


Honestly? I actually would like to erase my 17th year around the sun as a whole but I can’t deny that it also marked a change of events to the rest of my life. 

Spring reminds me of spring break. A time that’s usually joyous for young kids and teens but it was a reminder of the cage that I was in.

Lord please forgive them for they know not what they do.

Spring is a precursor to summer. 

Summer holds it’s own weight and burdened storyline but I’d say spring was my warning sign that silence and loneliness was well on its way.


I hate spring. 

I hated spring. 


I’m working to love it. 

But it’s hard to unlearn defense mechanisms from your own thoughts. 

It’s hard to unlearn defense mechanisms of your own reality. 


I thought I would be excited for this day. A day of warmer weather but again, a familiar feeling creeped up inside of me and my natural reflex to flinch, flinched. This feeling and wave of emotion where I had to prepare to fight, to block mental hurdles I subconsciously created. Spring represented the preparation of a mental battle. Spring signaled the wall around me to rise up. 


I didn’t know what I was fighting for during those times. I couldn’t even call it happiness back then because I was so deep in it a pit of anger that I was fine with settling of simply not being angry. Even if that feeling was nothing. Nothing was better than anger, back then. I didn’t know what peace was at the time and to be honest I thought peace was a myth. 


It’s 2018 and while I can say me, peace, joy, and love are pretty much family, I can’t shake off the familiar face of misery. 


And that’s what I thought of on the M train, today. All because of the weather.


Whew.


The Move

The majority of my life I’ve lived in a townhome/apartment complex. It didn’t bother me until one time on the school bus in 4th grade, a friend of mine pointed out how shocked he was of where I lived. I guess his shock came from how I dressed and how I acted didn’t match up with where I lived. Honestly I credit that to the fact that my parents raised us to be presentable at all times and made sure we exceeded the standards that were set before us. And granted the friend was young, but the way he said it, with a sense of disgust, shook me a bit and I was silent for the rest of the bus ride. Ever since that point, I understood the impact of living in a world based on socio-economic status. I understood what being in the ‘free lunch’ program reaaalllyyyy meant. I looked at clothes differently, toys, TV, friends, all of that. I became ashamed and really insecure of my economic status, even though it wasn’t bad at all. The shame carried on with me until I went to college…

…I met some of the most diverse people in college. All from differently socio-economic backgrounds. And what moved me is how proud they were of their backgrounds. What mattered to them was who they were as a person and how they can work to be better, and I was floored by that. About two years ago, I spoke about my shame to a room of about 75 people. Our meeting was on the topic of privilege and some people were upset of how society defines them based on certain factors in their lifestyle. I went on to explain my story and out of nowhere just broke down crying, in front of 75 people. I knew the shame was gone, but expressing it for the first time was like facing a pain you thought you’d never see again. It was like I suppressed the feeling for so long so it just hit me all at once. I was embarrassed but thankful for the support my friends gave me after the meeting. I even received several emails of others who have gone through the same thing. It was an awkward moment but very necessary in order for me to move on.

It’s been a week since we’ve moved into our first house and it’s been weird. Good weird, but still weird. It’s put a lot into perspective. For one, I’m extremely happy for my parents. This has been a part of their ‘American Dream’ and they’ve been wanting this for an extremely long time. Thinking about it, though, made me realize that the end result is not celebrated because it’s simply the end result. We celebrate the journey we endured to reach that end result. And that’s the beauty of it. As one of my favorite professors has always said, ‘It’s the hard that makes it great’.


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Greetings All!

So this is strange for two reasons:

One, I already have a blog found here. So two, why does this exist? Answer? I don’t know. I don’t know how I’m going to do this, but I’ve learned if you’re not sure what to do-do something and go from there.

So welcome, to my second-maybe-only blog : )

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