Look Your Problem in the Eye


Everyone faces their fair share of problems in life.  Some are small, easy fixes, like overbooking yourself.  Other problems are a bit bigger, like failing a class.  Then, there are those detrimental kind of problems that are so complex and tragic I won’t even name an example.  What I will say, is, although problems come in different sizes with varying consequences, a problem is still a problem and they each need a valid resolution in order to completely go away.

I’m not going to lie… problems are scary.  They are absolutely intimidating and can be utterly confusing.  Sometimes, problems are a life long struggle and they can affect your entire self, which is terrifying when you think about it, but they still need solutions.  Problems are all different and must be handled in different ways, so there’s no right way to overcome your issues.  For the most part, these solutions need to be figured out by you.  No one can tell you what needs to be done, but always know that something does need to be done.  I can tell you right now that the worst way to resolve a problem is by not dealing with it at all.  If you think that by avoiding and ignoring an issue it will go away, then you’re wrong.  It’s still going to be there no matter how hard you close your eyes.  You can run away as fast as you want, but, eventually, you’ll get tired of running and your problem will catch up to you.  You can try to pretend like the problem doesn’t exist, but I promise that it is not going anywhere until you address it and face it head on.

The best way to solve a problem is by directly tackling it.  Recognize that it’s there and overcome it with the sole purpose of fixing it.  Problems will always come about no matter what, that’s just how life works, but it is how you deal with them that determines what kind of a life you’ll live.


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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