I have never been good at expressing myself. I sometimes find it extremely hard just to formulate one sentence describing how I am feeling. Some I am certain would argue my environment is to blame; that my being forced to live in silence, my not being allowed to deal with my emotions, all contributes my lack of communication skills.
No matter how hard you are on yourself, you can't be stuck on the past. If they ever had a time machine, people would be stuck on it. You know why? Because no matter the outcome everyone wants to always change one thing that happened. I have learned that no matter what nothing will ever be as fantastic as you would want it so just go with the flow.
I love my country, the Dominican Republic. I love Uptown New York, where I’ve resided most of my adult life. I’m one of the millions of immigrant stories. I came here, I’ve struggled, I’ve conquered and I continue to strive for higher levels of success. The goal is always to support the Latino movement here. But we must look further and realize the importance of our platform to empower the Latinos in the diaspora, an often forgotten but crucial detail when it comes to uplifting our community.
Art can take form anytime, anywhere and with anyone. I took the time to take advice from creatives around the world, to share how they are keeping their artistic juices going at home. Here's what they had to say.
5 ways to utilize this time inside during lockdown because of "Covid 19."
When I was in university, I wanted to get an interdisciplinary master's degree across several fields I was interested in.
Like many of you, I am quarantined at home through a safer-at-home order to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic. The news and social media have showcased stages of denial, shock, scrambling, acceptance, and integration. Like me, you may have found yourself in a continual information feed, staying up-to-date with what is happening in the world and simultaneously evaluating your own priorities. What do we do with ourselves now that our routine has been disrupted? With society on pause, we have the opportunity to go within and return to what matters.
The world has always been horrible to a degree. It's also been great, to a degree, but unfortunately, evil has always been around.
Well, hello Vocal Media community! I joined today and thought, the best way to start my story would be to provide an introduction. I'm not much of a story writer, so hope it doesn't bore you too much nor come across as me selling my services! (I would like to do that, but I have my other channels for that, this is more for me to share knowledge, insights and experiences with you all.)
In this slowly dying world that we live, we humans have created a social and economic system rooted in exclusivity, exclusivity derived from the opinions, biases, and agendas of individuals (or groups or markets of individuals) claiming that they are the 'all knower's' of what the people want and of what the people don't want—of what is 'good' and of what is 'bad'—insofar said individuals become the 'key holders' to these markets, the dictators of who gets to 'make it' into the respective market, and who doesn't. Themselves clandestinely worshiping ageism and pretending to be gods with regards to their industry knowledge when they are but in-fact infants in an unimaginably young Universe.
I've had a bit of a setback. It's very easy to sink back into old habits, especially if you're having trouble getting back to a semi-regular sleeping pattern. I found even if I had the motivation to do anything it would be too late at night to do it, particularly as I live with other people. I don't think there's an easy solution to it, other than to keep trying. I finally broke it by staying up 24 hours and then finally going to sleep at an early time, and then forcing myself to get up when my alarm went off. For a few days I was still pretty lethargic.
To start off my journey on Vocal, I’ve decided to make it memorable to talk about me turning eighteen. You can guess it, today is my eighteenth birthday. Because of the current coronavirus pandemic, I’ve had to unfortunately cancel my birthday plans. But at the same time of being sad that I won’t be able to meet my friends and embrace them with hugs, I’m very thankful to spend my birthday surrounded by my family.