Survive the Storm


Yesterday, there was a pretty big storm that passed my way.  I’m talking about dark skies, strong winds, and a down pour of rain.  You really didn’t want to be out in it and you definitely were hoping that the power didn’t go out.  Honestly, the entire day was chilly and gloomy, but then the storm passed and, by the end of the day, a beautiful sunset made a nice cameo.  The pink and grey blue in the sky was mesmerizing.  It’s times like that where you’re in awe of the things that nature can conjure up.  During one moment, mother nature is threatening us all with wind and rain, sending a chill down our spines, while, the next moment, she’s gifting us with an incredible sunset that brings warmth to your face.

I, personally, thought that the whole day would be worth being cooped up in a house underneath a blanket on the couch, but those pink clouds made me think otherwise.  No day is worth shying away from because no day will be completely covered by grey clouds.  Just like this storm, you will go through times that wear you down and test your strength.  Those storms will make you feel like if you don’t hold on to something you’ll drift away or that you’ll never see the sun again, but you have to remember to hold on.  You have to remember that you can see the sun again, as long as you survive the storm.  No storm lasts forever.  They all have to come to an end, so all you have to do is find the end to the storm that is testing your durability.  Once you survive one storm, you’ll be more prepared for the next one that comes your way and it won’t be so bad.  After the first storm, you’ll know that you’re strong enough, you will have seen the beauty that comes out of it, and there will be nothing that can wear you down again.  Always remember that!  Outlast the storm until the end and you’ll find your sun.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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