For a friend
I had just closed the bedroom door when I saw el dueño de la casa staring down at me with suspicion, “¿Ya pagaste?”. Did you pay already? He knew what sneaking out looked like.
“We need humanities students in the professional world to counterbalance the people who are there pretending to know.”
My wings had melted and, like Icarus, I fell— hard, fast, completely. And I found myself at the bottom of a pit as dark as night and as vivid as ice-cold water.
When turning ideas into change, remember: “Professional development is commonly like an S-track and not a straight line.”
“You have centralized something in your life, whether or not you know it. Let’s figure out what that is.”
“If I had to answer, ‘What am I?’, however, I would say I am American. I am this melting pot of values and cultures, and I now know that I do not have to choose between these things to know who I am.”
“Does it change the conversation if you know what Asian I am? It seems like a filler question that other people ask, but cannot relate to the answer. And I cannot flip the question onto them.”
“If you are human, you cannot watch someone murdered before your eyes and not feel some sort of compassion or empathy.”
“I think that the beautiful part about learning is that once you equip yourself with the truth, the truth makes you move differently and it challenges you to be different.”