If you are looking to discover yourself in a new way, then scroll no further because this is your guide!
Trying to balance classes, a job, family, and friends, it’s easy for any college student to get their asses kicked by life...
It is vital to find some sort of time to escape and find yourself in order to survive! One option to discover and understand yourself is poetry! Now, don’t get scared off just yet, read my simple guide to self-understanding (yes, through poetry) and in a matter of no time you will discover things about yourself you never knew possible!
Don’t let the voice in your head control what you write, let the words simply flow. All the shit you’ve learned in high school convincing you that you can’t write poetry, let it go.
I like to describe poetry as journaling with flare. Let go, let it flow, and watch your soul soar.
There is no ‘guide’ that you are supposed to follow, it’s YOU, let the paper find that out.
It’s time to be you bitch!
Write Everything Down that Pops into Your Head
Take 30 minutes out of your day, whenever you want to relax, take a deep breath, and dive in. Write down any and every thought that crosses your mind...
The argument you had with a friend, the way your dog knows just when you need some love, how the clouds today were perfect to get lost in, how your emotions have taken control, ANYTHING!!!
(hint: the deeper you go, the more you will discover)
You can’t scare off a piece of paper.
Choose Your Topic
Once you have let your ideas pour out, grab one that spoke to you the most.
This topic will be the one that you kept jumping back to as you brainstormed, or the topic you couldn’t move on from once the thought came to you.
Resonate with it, the universe guided you to this topic for a reason, now it is time to understand why.
Is it about your anxieties? Is it about the boy who broke your heart? It is disappointment in yourself because you know you could’ve worked harder? It is the happiness you feel around your friend? Whatever it is, write about it.
Poetry is fueled by emotion!!
Don’t worry about making it rhyme or have a beat, just write how you feel.
Discover a new side to yourself.
Piece It Together
Now it’s time to add in the poetry part (eekk)
You can choose from free verse, the classic stanzas with rhymes, or as simple as a haiku
...if you don't know what those are, there's this site called Google, it's super helpful...LOL
Remember, you are not going to write like Robert Frost or any other famous poet, and you aren’t supposed to honey!!
This is your reflection, your poem, your art. It will be beautiful on its own because you opened your heart and mind up to the paper.
When have you ever found success through comparing yourself to others anyway?
Okayyy, who is this POET?!
Admire Your Poem
YASSS! You wrote a poem! It wasn’t that hard, was it?
Now you can sit back and enjoy the perfect piece you have created.
Read it, reflect on it, write another one!
Soon enough, you will watch yourself grow, the appreciation you have for life and yourself will blossom.
You are a little bit closer to surviving through such a hard fucking time in your life!
Good luck and kick ass!!!