Welcome to our one and only poetry column by Michele Wroblewski. Michele aims to show people that although painstaking to endure, challenges faced in life should be received in gratitude, for they produce the powerful product of a strong, independent, and self confident individual that is prepared to face the world.
Life is wild and unpredictable. As time goes on, everything as you may know it changes before your eyes. Change can be overwhelming; it may cloud your perception and may influence you to put what is important to you aside, just for a little while. Change can even seem like a negative concept, one that people fear will leave them buried in the chaos that emerges with unpredictability. Change is frightening, for it is human nature to want to have some sort of control over what is to come.
However, sometimes the events that are deemed out of our control were necessary to enable us to grow as individuals, as a community, as a family, as friends, or as lovers. Senses come alive as one surrenders to the change that is unfolding due to an individuals’ acceptance of vulnerability.
Life will ALWAYS bring change when it recognizes that you are ready to blossom. It can help to fulfill the desires, passions, dreams, and spontaneity that you may seek. It can build upon your character and enable you to understand the lives of others, omitting all judgment. It can mature you and help you to form a more compassionate view of the world.
Yes, change is sometimes always out of our control, but we can keep one foot into the life of the person that we have developed and aspired to be throughout our years by keeping in mind that chaos is temporary. Struggles are temporary. Disasters are temporary. However, life is temporary as well. Never take for granted each day on this earth; live life to the fullest, love deeply, express passion for what makes you happy, prioritize your most cherished gifts, and realize this: the events in life may cloud an individual’s perception of the outside world, but your world will never be clouded if you learn to refer back to the world that you find within yourself. That is the world that you can always call your home.
Even in a snow storm,
in a sky draped with clouds,
a cold breeze lashes on
my rosy cheeks.
My hair flees from my shoulders
with each passing wind.
Drop by drop,
the cold, wet snow begins to melt
at the touch of my skin.
I squint ahead through the mass of flakes
and peer up toward the sky.
Busy wisps of wind distract.
Overwhelmed and hidden by masses of clouds;
but, I know it’s there.
My squint softens,
my brow drops,
the tension in my forehead ceases to exist
and I feel at ease.
For even in a snowstorm,
the sun still shines through.
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.TM Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.
What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?
I have accepted that not everything will come easy in life. You must work, and fight, for what you want. It may not be an easy journey, but the hardships that one faces makes attaining the goal even more fulfilling.
What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?
I give myself completely to my dreams, desires, and wants, so I can ultimately live a life with no regrets, no matter what the outcome is. Even at the recognition of failure, I have learned to accept the ways that it may transform me into a stronger person.
What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?
My most rewarding achievement in life is that I never give up. I never surrender to the overwhelming feeling that may begin to form at the base of my gut; everyone knows that feeling. I do not let it stop me from marching on, for it has to proven itself to be temporary. Once the goal is achieved, pride and confidence take its place, along with happiness.
What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?
My not so perfect way? I am an energetic nutball who takes on the world sometimes without realizing that with additional responsibility comes a lack of sleep. I adore my busy life, but it is important to take care of yourself too, or you will end up missing out on the world you created because of illnesses that could be controlled. It is also important to maintain a good health status to help keep in check the illnesses out of our control. I have now made a bed time for myself each night, no matter how much work I have to do. Life is all about prioritizing.
How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
Positive outlook on each situation presented to me. It is hard to get lost in the chaos when you have so much to smile about.