Personal Journey and Statements

I participated in a wild writing exercise, where one writes for fifteen minutes without censoring or editing thoughts. The following prompts were provided:

I come from…

I stand on the shoulders of…

My impact with others will be…

What I stand for in the world is…

This was the result of my writing. I found it in a stack of papers I’ve been meaning to sift through. I’m proud of it.

I come from… an island perpetually occupied, born to parents who came from an island nation consistently in conquest. I come from a rich heritage and history that was unwritten and therefore “uncivilized.” I come from homes with barred windows, broken glasses, but full hearts. I come from a liberal and educated privilege where I could pursue what I wanted even if I wasn’t sure what that was.

I stand on the shoulders of… everyone who stood before me. I stand on the shoulders of my brother, my mother, and my grandmother. I stand on the backs of the Bayauas and the hearts of the Balaoros. I stand on the shoulders of every educator that gave me their time. I stand on the shoulders of every POC that stood out of line. I stand on the shoulders of every impoverished person that wanted better… on giant ideas, concepts written in every book I’ve ever read, mythos, beings, gods, goddesses.

My impact with others will be to gain better perspective of the imagined other and the others in ourselves. That of positivity and a catalyst for change. I want people to look critically at themselves and measure success in the people they affect and not the dollars they make. Measure success in the faces they change not the faces on their change.

What I stand for in the world is clarity, foresight, and longevity.

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