Your Personal Bubble of Peace


It’s really sad to think about the kind of world we live in.  On an international scale, we are in a time of war where just for being from a certain country you’re targeted as an enemy and it’s hard to tell who is working for the overall good of the people.  On the national level, people are constantly faced with violence, financial instability, and simply fear.  Nobody knows when things will get better, how to ensure safety, and what the right answer to anything is.  When you think more personally, each person is dealing with their own issues.  Stress from their job, trying to pay bills, finding the best deals for their necessities, or even just looking for the emotional support to help get them through the day.

There are so many negative forces in the air that it’s hard to keep yourself level-headed and aware of the positive vibes.  It’s hard when you try to stay positive and optimistic, when the world around you is suggesting that only bad is headed your way.  I always attempt to maintain a positive outlook on life and I can definitely tell you that it is not always easy.  There are plenty of days where I can’t see how the good outweighs the bad, but the only solution I have to that is to maintain my bubble of peace.  Sometimes you have to isolate yourself from the world to find your own peace, to take care of yourself, and to get your own mind on the right track.  Listen to music, read, write, take a nap, or just go for a walk, but just do something that will keep you calm and happy.  Do something that will change your outlook in a positive way so that you can focus on the positive things that are going on in your life right now.

Sometimes that family support won’t always be there.  Sometimes things won’t always be perfect and it may seem like your life is only headed downwards, but it’s up to you to change that.  With some hard work and optimism you can remove any dark clouds over your head and in a world with so much negativity, the only way you’re going to do so is by escaping into your peaceful bubble from time to time.  That is the one place that should never be tainted by the bad of the world because that’s your space, meant to re-establish your personal peace and don’t you ever forget that.


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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