want

you

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you

 

bring sunshine on the cloudiest of days

 

make me whole

spell out my wildest dreams

 

but your warmth is distant

you

keep it at bay

 

the tides push and pull

at the strings of my heart
a dance in which no real rhythm is set

and it is in much the same way

that the tune plays in my head

 

with each throbbing of my heart
a new silver lining is uncovered

 

its silky gray tone mimicking every move I make

creating a murky mist in which my thoughts swirl and abound

creating a great wall that blocks me

from seeing any other possibilities

 

the greatness and joy that abound us cannot be ignored

and neither can the seemingly electric force that pulls us apart

 

just as the clouds and dust begin to disappear

 

you

 

search for greatness

with your eyes closed

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Our lives are a series of stories. Stories that weave and intertwine, stories that end with a flourish, stories that stopped short, stories that may never end, stories within stories. Without even realizing it, many of these stories were triggered by wants: the want for more money, a home, for love, truth, the want to reach others (to help them), the want to protect our friends and family.

 

What causes us to want? Is it ingrained in our human nature? I want to be a teacher; the kind of teacher who is accessible and reaches out to students, who helps them see the world. Within that one want are several stories that led me there. First is the story of the girl who loved to read. Somewhere in the midst of that story is another one: that of the girl who had teachers that taught, not only books but their power. Those two stories built up with an acclamation of other stories that made me who I am (the way I was raised, my family and friends, etc.) led me to college, where coursework, novel selections, my job in the Writing Center, and college professors who genuinely care. This is my current story: the building of my pedagogy and discovering the teacher, and ultimately the person, that I want to be. So yes, we may want a lot, but that isn’t necessarily bad. What’s behind the want?

 

We all have stories that led us off the path we thought we were going: friends that were bad influences, choices we made while under pressure, and maybe these are stories we wished we had never been on. But even a “bad” story has its positives. It could be the reminder we need of who we are, or the moment we remember what we dreamt of as a child. These stories may seem small, even insignificant, but they aren’t. They may be some of the most important moments of out lives.

 

What are your stories? Where are you going? These stories show a glimpse of your wants, your character, and what you are doing with your life. Are you the person you want to be?