10 Things I Know to Be True

Inspired by Sarah Kay’s poetry workshops, I do this little exercise to have my students brainstorm for potential writing. Here is my list for today:

1. I know that I cannot put down Pierce Brown’s Red Rising. It is the Hunger Games, but with better writing, better characters, and more intensity.

2. I spend more money on white mochas than I do on any other beverage. Shame, but man is it delicious.

3. Some of my students feel so utterly lost in life. School is the epicenter of that sensation that they “don’t belong”. 

4. There are some things I just. cant. fix. Effort and sincerity are wonderful things, but we live in a broken world, with broken systems, and broken people. Some things just don’t work.

5. But man is there something about a spring breeze in North Carolina that feels a little bit like heaven.

6. I am married to the most wonderful woman that I know. I’ve outkicked my punt coverage, I’m out of my league, I’m all the metaphors.

7. God got this music thing right. 

8. I’m not trying to say God got anything wrong, but allergies are the worst. But I guess, like Rudy Francisco says, I should be thankful that my “problems” are so small they can fit on the tip of my tongue (or in my nose).

9. I have some of the best friends a guy could ask for. 

10. I am going to be a published author. I’m going to keep going until the keys fade to dust, because I have stories to tell.