The Streets I Had Walked Through
Night fell as I began to walk.
It was my first time being in this city, and I was resting at the moment. Something caught my eyes as I wandered along the river that ran through the city.
A busy street. So, out of curiosity, I began heading towards the avenue.
Bright colorful lights began to flicker on and brighten the occupied streets that were once lit by the setting sun. Smudges of pink and red and orange and yellow faded from the sky; then would the darkness and stars replace the disappearance. Slowly, but surely.
As I entered the vicinity, I heard familiar sounds.
Barrages of the sounds of the people lifted the mood of the narrow streets. The country’s language and music sprouted from players and TVs that rested in the small buildings. Outside, native men sat at tables resting from the day’s challenges and commuted with drinks, delicacies, and playing cards. Children in their springtime of youth laughed and giggled while running down the streets, soon to be scolded by the shop owners.
Many street vendors were yelling and selling their foreign commodities of sweet and delicious flavors. Tourists and Visitors wandered the open area to experience the cultures, and were drawn to the unknown. Mopeds and drivers shouted as they continued to struggle to squeeze through the crowded population.
As I walked, I sniffed the air of the night.
Walking down the street, there was only a neutral scent. Each individual smell was like a door out of the many in a long hallway. Foods and dishes gave away their aurora and attracted the many who were hungry or new. The slight smell of tobacco floated up from the pipes of the elderly old men, but only temporarily. All of them somehow blended together so well; there was no mess or hassle.
Night’s activities continued its course as the nonexistent festivities went on.
The occurrences brought a slight smirk on my face as I observed. The scent and sound of the vivacious streets reminded me of a certain memory I couldn’t quite remember. However, I knew deep down I’ve felt this feeling before.
The feeling of comfort and relief, of warmth and liveliness, of happiness and tranquility. The feeling of home.
The scent of mysterious and delicious foods being made, the shouting and energy of the little ones in the household, the harmony of music playing in different rooms, the conversation and laughter between two folks, the vague aurora of tobacco coming from the elders’ rooms, the warm lights that illuminated the rooms.
A bittersweet realization, but more sweet than bitter. It’s a thought that makes appreciation come across our minds. It lasted as I walked down the avenue.
I smiled and continued on with life. I wanted to experience the warm memories again: the lively and blissful childhood I once had. The intangible treasures that I cherish.
Now, there was a new hope. An everlasting one which grew in my heart, and which was born in the streets I had walked through.
Ahhh, the bliss. The weather. The breeze. The blue sky. The streaking clouds. The temperatures been in the 60s the past couple of days, and track practice has been better because of it! Earlier this week, the rain was pouring down and storms came in. Now, the grass is completely green (well, in my neighborhood…). It’s so nice being able to go outside and shoot baskets after practice…
The past couple of weeks have been a pain since I apparently caught a cold in the middle of April. It’s almost gone so I guess that’s good news.
Track practice has been intense the past couple of days. My ankles have been acting up and also my right knee feels as if it’s buckling. I need to calm down in practice and rest my legs.. Our final meet is on Tuesday, so I’ll be looking forward to it. Also yesterday, the new uniforms came in!! It’ll be for next year’s group, but the Lincoln athletes who run in the Drake Relays this weekend will be wearing them. I have to admit, they are very impressive since it’s the first time we’ve been sponsored by Nike in the track program… I have something to look forward to now! For now, I’m anticipating the results of our best runners in this national event.
School’s been improving steadily. I am supposed to do a chemistry demo with my friend on Tuesday, but unfortunately it’s the exact same time as the track meet… oh well… There goes my extra credit..! AP exams are around the corner, and my first one is on May 6. I’ll be cramming late at night and focusing to get a decent score for AP Chemistry. My last AP exam (for APUSH) will be on May 15, which is on the day of the track banquet and Susan’s birthday… I have to do something nice for her, or give something… Too bad I don’t know her address…
This weekend will be quiet busy, and the months of May, June, and July will be the same. It’s announced that I’ll be in charge of the English music for our Midwest Christian Conference during the Memorial weekend. This’ll be an upgrade for me since this’ll be my first time..! I’ll be trying my best! During the summer, I’ll be working out with a friend (because he wants me to), taking drivers’ education, studying for the SAT, and taking a part-time job at Foot Locker with a friend.
Well, that’s all that happened so far in April: nothing much. Oh, and on March 31, I officially started dating Susan (:
Have a great day/night, everyone. Stay healthy, stay hydrated, stay rested, try your best in all your tasks, and be optimistic! Enjoy every blessings, and enjoy the weekend. God bless.
Opening the Doors
Keys open doors.
And doors hold many ideas, treasures, emotions.
However, my door requires quite a few of the keys.
You cannot use all of them at once. That would leave quite a mess.
You can only use certain ones at the same time or at different times,
In unison or individually, swiftly or slowly, loudly or softly.
It’s not complicated, honestly. You just have to trust me on that.
There, they lied neatly one after another
While displaying their monochromatic scheme.
I sat down in my chair
And began playing around with the keys.
The acrylic touch sent a chill down my spine.
I used a few of the keys, then some of them, and finally many.
In unison and individually, swiftly and slowly, softly and loudly.
The intricate locks unlocked and loosened
As I played. Finally, the door opened.
Silence crept in, and I breathed. I did it.
This is the only door that requires eight-eight keys.
What lied behind the mystery flooded out.
The emotions, the ideas,
The opportunity to feel inspired and blessed.
a rare serious post with proper spelling and stuff
I’m not usually the type of person that quotes scripture or openly speaks about faith or religion but I think I had a revelation of some sort today. The past couple of days (or you could say weeks…) I’ve been thinking a lot and today I saw something happen that just made everything fall into perspective. I’ve been struggling with a lot of things since the beginning of the year and there were so many times that it just got so bad… that I just started wondering “what was the point?”. It seemed like every possible obstacle was being thrown in my path and I was so tired.
then in the middle of the year, a golden opportunity dropped out of the sky. It seemed like an easy solution to all of my problems, a short cut out of the rocky path I was currently on. but something was off and after taking some very very good advice I decided not to take it.
then the next few months following that were hell. I felt like such a fucking moron for not taking that easy solution and I regretted it every. single. day.
but I realize now is that back then, God was testing me. He was giving me a choice between taking that easy way out and staying on the rocky path with Him. and I, for once in my life, made the right decision. taking that shortcut would have given me temporary happiness but it wouldn’t have solved any of my problems. It would have made me a coward, weak and hiding and clinging and eventually falling back into the same old cycle. Once I got my head out of my ass and stopped being a self-pitying moron I realized that every person gets thrown obstacles in their path. It is how they overcome these obstacles that makes them great, and separates them from the weak.
Today I saw a great person hurdle over their obstacle and beat their slump and I was a inspired. Yeah, I still feel like complete and utter shit and this slump is going to be really hard to beat but I think I’m going to come out of this stronger. God put me on this rocky path because he wants me to become great and I’m not going to fail him.
so yeah. praise God (:
Update: Weeks of Blessings
The weather last week was fairly cold.. well, very cold. Snow appeared to fall out of nowhere, and came in hordes. The snow kept the temperature around 10-30 degrees Fahrenheit, which sucks during track season..
Track season’s been fairly well. As always, the first couple of weeks are used for intense conditioning. Thankfully, I’ve been fully stretching the past week and haven’t pulled a muscle yet…! ^^’ My endurance is poor right now.. ahaha. I’m just fortunate to still have most of my speed from last year.
Tomorrow is our second track meet at Central College. I’ll be running in the 55m, 200m, and 4x200m events. Hopefully, I’ll do well in the events..!
Spring break has started!
AP Chem’s been keeping me out of practice recently.. Because of a superfluous exam and labs, I’ve missed a couple practices. I hope Coach doesn’t hate me for it :P After all, I WAS excused.
School’s been fairly well. My Algebra 2 grade went back up to an A because of me acing the recent tests. I had a C before because I did poorly on the first test of the semester, but now I’m stable in that class ahahaha. We’re learning trig right now, so this’ll be fun!
APUSH is doing fine for now.. ahaha. I still managed to keep my A even though I had a 70% on the most recent test. I think I’ll do much better this semester. We’ll be talking about the end of WWII and the beginning of the Cold War after break.
AP Chem has been quite a hassle. Tons and tons of homework are piling up for no reason, and tests are coming out of nowhere. Sigh, I have to keep focusing on that class.
Adv. American Lit is fun, but difficult. Reading and recording quotes has been hectic. My grade in that class isn’t what it’s supposed to be, but it’ll go back up soon..!
Japanese is straight up easy :P This past week, 12 Japanese exchange students came to visit our school, but we never had a chance to meet any of them…! They left this morning, and that’s sad :( Oh well.. there’s always next year!! One of my friends hosted one of them, and from what I’m hearing from her it’s an amazing experience. I might consider hosting next year.
Anyways, enough chit-chat about school. I’m still bonding with Suzy, and I’m cherishing every moment of it ^^’ I just dislike the odd nicknames she gives me.. xD
Well, this is enough for today. Good day/night, everyone. Stay safe, dress appropriately, eat healthily, stay active, work hard, and get plenty of rest. God bless.
Blessings Thus Far
The weather’s been cold recently. Although the temperature probe says 20-30 degrees Fahrenheit, the wind chill and recent snow fall/storms are making everyone shiver outside. I need to make sure that I look like a marshmallow tomorrow because I noticed that I’ve been getting sick a lot.
Track practice started this week. I’ve only been able to go to 2 practices because of weather conditions and a doctor’s appointment. Otherwise, it’s hard as always. The first week is always consisted of conditioning. Head coach McClelland sneakily weaves out all of the bad people with the drills they have ahah..! I’m just fortunate Coach Walczyk likes me because I was on the sprinting team last year. I’m really anticipating this track season..!
Grades have been a little struggle lately, but I have all semester to recover. I’m confident in the probability of regaining my A’s though. Tonight’s the last night I have to worry about my National History Day project!! Now I won’t have to worry about it anymore. :3
So far, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald is an awesome book. There’s a certain sophisticated atmosphere surrounding the characters and setting. Well. After all, it does take place during the time of the New Orleans jazz and rise of credits.
Bass lessons are going well. We’re learning to use a variety of music genres to improvise.
My room is a mess.
I’ve been losing so much sleep lately due to homework. ^^ Last night, I had 3 hours because of the National History Day project. Yesterday, I had 5 hours because of my procrastination. The day before, I also had 5 hours of sleep because of making up homework.
Last Friday, I didn’t go to school because of exhaustion and I fell ill. I’m surprised I lasted this far; the last time I was absent was in 6th grade…!
Now, I’m just rambling.. ahahah!
Anyways, I need to finish my homework and go to sleep. Have a great day/night, everyone. Drive safely, dress warmly, stay healthy, work hard, and get plenty of rest. God bless.