Savior

It was your 80th birthday and it was the first time I had ever seen you cry. The family gathered around the dinner table in your apartment, not sure how we all managed to fit in there, but we made it work. We had family come up in from Puerto Rico. We all knew the […]

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The Outcast Learns Acceptance

For as long as I can remember, I have felt like an outcast. Like people did not understand me. People resented me for reasons I do not know. Whether it was family, friends, outsiders I barely knew. People have always felt the need to label me or tell me why I was not good enough. […]

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“You Were Meant To Do This.”

“The saddest thing in life is wasted talent and the choices that you make will spare your life forever.” ~ A Bronx Tale I was 4 years old when my father brought me to my first Tae Kwon Do class. I come from a family of athletes. My dad played football during his young years, […]

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The Road To The Top Is a Lonely One

For several years of my life, I have put my happiness in the hands of others. Time and time again, I was disappointed. And what a lesson this has been. What I have come to learn is happiness is a choice. You choose to wake up and be positive or you can choose to allow […]

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Stages Of Grief

I try to mutter something. Anything. I try to find the right words. I open my mouth and nothing comes out. The best I can come up with is, “I’m sorry.” First, I was in denial. I could not accept the fact that you were actually gone. I did not cry. My body would not […]

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O’ Captain, My Captain

I am sitting here in bed, with the lamp by my bedside turned on providing minimal lighting, with my puppy asleep beside me, and I immediately felt the need to write. It is always this time of night when my thoughts do not shut off. When the rest of the world is peacefully sleeping, I […]

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Your Journey Is Up To You

Your journey is determined by YOU. It is easy to look in someone else’s back yard and compare your successes to theirs. Compare your failures to theirs. To judge what they have and what you do not. There are so many blessings we take for granted. Being alive, waking up in the mornings, breathing fresh […]

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Early Morning Thoughts

Passion. Something so rare. Something not many have. I have the utmost respect for those who remain true to their passion. Their light does not disappear because of the arrogance or jealousy of others. With the mundane day to day routines of life, what are you passionate about? What keeps you motivated? What sets a […]

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Live YOUR Life According To YOUR Standards

I’m still learning this today, that what you allow and how you encourage others to treat you will always have an impact on the life you live. Words are just words. They may hurt, but we have to live our lives according to our standards. When we are broken, we often try to search for […]

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Time Is Fleeting

“Abuelita, soy yo, Corey.” [Grandma, it’s me.] I felt a strong sting of pain in my chest when my grandmother did not remember who I was. Her eyes were full of confusion as she pushed me away. My grandmother, my abuelita, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at the age of seventy seven. The woman who raised […]

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