By Waeza Jagirdar
In the 2018 spring performance series, Waeza discusses the complex nature of freedom and making your own way in the world.
A simple word, yet with so much meaning.
Something that we all yearn for, but not everyone has.
They say it means coming to ‘land of the free’ and living the American Dream,
Believing in bringing the change, the one your past generation couldn’t.
The hope of becoming important and living up to high standards,
Ones that were given before you were born.
And then you were born,
and you have to decide whether you want to go your own way.
You have a feeling in you, that you want fly with the rest of the birds.
You’re ready to set forth with these wings,
but they’re glued so strongly that you’re unable to fly
You will always have something stuck to them, but
it’s how you deal with it that helps the stickiness fade.
The people that once raised you aren’t always going to accept your decision,
And there looms that American Dream that we all want to achieve but can’t.
This is where decide whether you want to be free
or stay where you are.
But in the end, you don’t want to disappoint with your decision,
so instead you follow someone else’s heart for now.
Because in the end, if it wasn’t for them, you wouldn’t be here,
and breaking their heart isn’t a weight you want to carry.
Instead, you keep your feather nice and clean,
just in case, one day, you’re ready to fly.
Waeza, a media and communication student at Lehman College with a minor in political science, is passionate about healthcare and aims to make a positive impact through a future in nursing. Outside of her studies, she's actively involved in advocacy for education and human rights. In her free time, she enjoys watching early 2000's shows and reading mystery novels.