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Words That Describe

“Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.”― Bob Marley

I thought this post was going to be easy. All I had to do was find someone else's words, someone else's wisdom and let it speak for me, but I read 5 pages of quotes on Goodreads before I came across this one.

I've never been fond or obsessed with quotes nor have I ever really understood the use of them. I've always felt like quotes are special and can only be used at certain times like when you really want to make a statement or show someone how much you care.

From the moment I read this quote it immediately spoke to me. This quote is so free flowing and is saturated with so much love and wisdom that it would be hard for anyone not to find some beauty within it. I also think it describes what everyone is looking for in society today: pure love and pure friendship.

The pure love Bob Marley speaks of. I think everyone searches for that one person they can truly be vulnerable with. The one person who they are able to show their good and their bad with. The one person who truly understands them at all times. The person who they feel completes them.

Respect The Locals

Gentrification.

Gentrification is a broad term that typically describes the arrival of wealthy and usually white newcomers into existing urban neighborhoods and districts. It has begun to be used more widely in the last couple of years as more and more people want to live in the city instead of the suburbs. Cities that were once viewed as unsightly, terrible places to live or raise a family have become the main prospects for people wanting to settle down and raise a family.

Yet, gentrification cannot be talked about without discussing suburbanization as gentrification is the reversal of suburbanization.

Suburbanization. A term coined to describe the influx of families, predominantly "baby boomers" who moved to the suburbs following World War II. Suburbanization was caused by a couple of things: the making as well as the manufacturing of the automobile and the development of the interstate highway system. It was also cheaper for families to live in the suburbs as a house could be built for a family of 4 for a fraction of the price.

People liked living in the suburbs. They were away from the commotion and crime of the city. They could own a home that was not only large enough to fit their current family, but they could also own a home that was large enough to fit their growing family. People liked the suburbs because it gave them peace of mind. Families knew their neighbors, children grew up together, but ultimately, the suburbs gave people a sense of having their own community. They lived in their own world.

Gentrification can sometimes be fast paced or it can be slow paced, depending on the city, but there is no particular year or time period when gentrification started, it's almost as if it came out of nowhere. For many of the inhabitants within various cities across the United States, many say it was almost as if these newcomers came out of nowhere. With gentrification, it only takes a couple of bold souls who decide to move into these urban neighborhoods and following those bold souls, more of them decide to come.

Similar to suburbanization there a couple of reasons as to why people decided to move back into the cities that they once wanted to move away from. One of the main reasons you see this growing number of people wanting to live in the city is because of age and by age I mean millennials. Millennials also referred to as Generation Y have very different values and goals from their parents, especially their grandparents. They are generally saddled with mountains of student loan debt and, for the most part, cannot afford a home. Millennials are also not driven by wanting to have a family or settle down. Research shows that millennials are actually starting families a lot later than their parents and grandparents and are more focused on their careers and helping others.

Another reason for the cause of gentrification is jobs. Any and everyone is going to move to a city with more jobs, but also better jobs and with more people obtaining bachelor degrees they are more likely to want to move to a city that is able to suit their degree or whatever city has better opportunities so they may use their degree. For example, San Francisco is currently going through a tug of war with it's established residents of the Mission District, who have lived in this neighborhood for years versus newcomers who are migrating and pushing into this neighborhood because of the technology boom in Silicon Valley.

A lot of people say what is so wrong with gentrification? If anything it helps the neighborhood, it improves crime, it creates better housing units, it creates more economic opportunities.

But gentrification also has another effect, the negative effect people generally associate with gentrification. The negative effect that needs to be talked about and represented more because gentrification does more damage to a neighborhood.

When gentrification starts to take hold the neighborhood starts to change to fit these newcomers that are moving in. Upscale lofts, condos, and townhomes start to appear as the neighborhood tries to accommodate the growing number of people wanting to move into these neighborhoods. Yoga studios start to flex themselves into the shopping centers that have been built. Organic grocery stores and ice cream shops, upscale boutiques, and high-end restaurants start to decorate and make up the neighborhood. After a couple of years, the neighborhood has been redone and painted over to fit those who have decided to move there. The inhabitants that once made and grew up in these neighborhoods barely recognize where they once lived because where they once lived has now become a shadow, a figment of their imagination. A neighborhood they don't think truly exists anymore as what created those neighborhoods, the people, and their memories have now been pushed out and priced out by these newcomers.

That's the effects of gentrification. The one people need to talk about.

One Word Says It All

Love.

When I think of the word "love" I automatically think of Houston, Texas.

The city that created me.

The city that made me.

The city I grew up in.

The city I rode through late at night with my high school sweetheart of 10 years.

The city that has a niche and pocket catered to almost every minority group.

The city where the sun bounces off the concrete and gets so hot during the summer that you feel like you're in a sauna.

I imagine the freeways.

I-10, I-45, Hwy 6.

The tollways. The belt.

I imagine Sugarland,Texas. An upper class county that's snuggled in between Missouri City and the outskirts of Houston, Texas itself.

Missouri City. A predominantly African-Americn county settled next to Stafford, Texas. A predominantly African-American county that is viewed as a black suburb by those who drive through it, but a hood by those who live within it.

This love for my city was created by the beautiful people I was able to meet while living in Houston, Texas. It was created by the adventures I was able to be a part of while living in Houston, Texas.

Adventures such as my high school sweetheart's ancient mazda breaking down in front of the Wal-Mart on Hwy-6 and him running to the nearest gas station to buy a coca-cola just to pour over the battery.

Adventures such as us driving down a one way street before hitting oncoming traffic and realizing we were on the wrong street.

Adventures such as driving with the windows down on Hwy-6 doing 80 as the wind whips through my curls and cuts across my face all the while drowning in the lights and the architecture that is Houston, Texas.

That is love.

I Write Because . . .

I write to release the anger and the sadness that I have towards current issues within society. I write to release my opinions into the world.

I write to connect and interact with others who feel the same way I do about certain issues and problems.

I write so I may get better at writing and hopefully inspire others with what I say.