Finding My Voice
What could I say
What could I do
To possibly change
Your point of view?
You can’t change mine
I might change yours
I can open my mind
While you all observe
I found my voice
I might be heard
But am I surprised
That I feel ignored?
How to Measure Happiness
How do you measure happiness?
With a ruler or a scale to weigh it?
Is there a price or level of success?
Or your amount of online influence?
Is it what you have? Or what you do?
Or is it how your public image looks?
Are you keeping up? Do you need more?
Do your parents even like you anymore?
Why aren't you happy like everyone else?
Because if that's what happiness looks like
And if that's what they're trying to sell, then
I don't want a happiness that's superficial
Happiness doesn't need to be liked to be valid
You could finally discover your life's purpose
And still get less likes than someone else's
Picture of their dinner and a stupid caption
Social media cannot capture how good you are
So don't let the likes (or lack thereof) distort how
You perceive yourself or your self worth because
The truth is that happiness has also been distorted
To End on a Happy Note
Saying this might not help
But by saying something
Hopefully what was said
Will resonate with someone
It might not be remembered
Exactly what I wrote or said
Or what you heard or read
But what did you honestly think
When you scrolled past me?
My interpretation of reality
Helps me make the best of things
Did you see or feel anything?
A New Light in the Sky
I thought I knew
All the stars in
The night sky
Like the stickers
On my ceiling that
Glowed in the dark
Or like the map
In the sky when I
Was terribly lost
Like abstract ideas
That I have to
Connect the dots
I thought I knew
All of the stars but
Now there's a new
Light in my skies
Looking out for me
And I wonder why
Sometimes I feel alone on
Things I can't do on my own
Surely it can be done so I
Really trust God on this one
When my motivation's thin
And when my courage is low
God gives grace, He gives me hope
When I feel lost, I am found at last
God'll meet me where I'm at and cast
Away the trance of this inner and outer
Wavelength that's been pulling on me
And that's how I conquer my anxiety
The Sky Hasn't Fallen Yet
The sky hasn’t fallen yet
And I wonder when that’ll be
When pigs fly? Or Jesus arrives?
Do we wait for Doomsday?
Or a sign of the end times?
Will aliens arrive? Or better yet,
When will they just tell us already!
Will the world end tomorrow?
When we pollute all the water?
Or when we're out of resources
Like all of the oil that'll be scarce?
What about all the toilet paper
I need to stock up on before
No one's allowed to go to
The grocery store no more
‘Cause that’s the new normal
We're headed towards, it's what
They’ve been conditioning us for
While Star Trek predicted this in
Glimpses of our 21st century doom
Way before I was even born
I mean, infectious diseases?
Quarantines and vaccines?
Human extinction by radiation
On season one of First Generation
My goodness, does more go wrong?
On this star-crossed planet we're on?
‘Cause there’s something going down
On planet earth right now that’s beyond
What we know about space and time
Like Star Trek predicted the end, alright
Not all of us will board the Enterprise
But for now, I can make it my mission
To at least try to finish all seven seasons
Of Star Trek while I'm still breathing
But what if I don’t make it to the end?
If you understand what I mean by it
But I shouldn’t even think like that
Because the sky hasn’t fallen yet and
The glass ceiling is still over my head
Still Not Ready, Thanks
I think I already knew
That you loved me
That's why we're just friends
But when you actually
Told me you love me
Now you're a maybe
I didn't know might be
And I wasn't prepared for
This to be anything more
Than what this isn't even is
And maybe we could
Finally be something
Now that you told me
That you love me
Which I already knew
But wasn't prepared for
Because we're just friends
My NonExistent Love Life
I think I've got a lot going on
And a bright future ahead
But lately it's dawned on me
To make realistic life plans
Not just the month-to-month
Where I'm barely getting by
In what's become a routine
For my quiet small town life
Maybe one day I can leave
Or try and fall in love again
You'll think I have a crush but
I'm having way too much fun
Too much fun being myself, like
I cannot handle how much fun
I am having, ah, but then I think
How and why am I the last one?
Why am I the only single person
Left in my family? And when did
This happen or sneak up on me?
Even my little sister has a s/o
And so do all of my old friends
Who are getting ready or married
While I sit here in all the fun I'm having
Wondering what on earth am I doing?
Why hasn't any relationship worked?
And is it something wrong with me?
Am I too crazy? Not cute enough?
Did my ex start a rumor about me?
Sometimes I'm brutally single
And I'll overthink everything
But I don't even want think
About my nonexistent love life
Why I haven't found the one?
Sometimes it gets to me, but
Then I'll forget and overthink
Those life plans I don't have yet
More Than This
When time will tell or come to pass
When life goes on what will last?
When trials test my faith I’ll ask
Does God have something better planned?
When hard times come it’s He who’ll bless
He makes creation from my mess
He loves me when I’m not my best
‘Cause God’s planned something more than this
Give the Gift of Shelter
It's that time of year again
To decorate our homes
To cook our family meals
To get our shopping done
And to give and receive gifts
But when you unwrap your box
Will you hope for toys or treats?
Or the trendiest material things
That you saw advertised on IG
On your personalized newsfeed?
We're more connected than ever
Why not use it for a good cause?
Because right now, somewhere
Around the world there is a family
In need of some disaster relief
Due to conflicts, climate change, and
Circumstances beyond our control
And one day I hope that family will
Receive a gift like yours, and in it,
Will be shelter