Take a Breath
a poem by Julianne Tenorio
Dear Asian Youth,
didn’t think we’d make it this far, did we?
as we race to leave 2020 in the dust
build 2021 from the ashes
as finals determine if we get those extra points we need to pass
as seasonal depression fills our hearts with melancholy
as we see old memories of better days pop up on snapchat and instagram
i am here to shine a light on the darkness we’ve been feeling lately,
and to tell you that i am so proud of you.
i am proud that you were able to bloom where there was no sun
thrive where there was no water
i am proud that you keep your petals from wilting
i am proud that you’re still hanging in there, despite the fact that you have to stare at a computer screen for
i am proud that you are
and i know that it's hard
but take a breath.
and it’ll all be okay.
it’s okay if you need a little extra time in bed.
it’s okay if some days are harder than others.
it’s okay if you sometimes can’t find the motivation to do your homework
and can only find comfort in a monotone endless routine
of sitting, sleeping, and scrolling.
you need it.
we’ll be alright<3
Cover photo source: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/article-2020-arts-preview-plan-your-next-year-in-culture-from-tv-and-film-to/