Moments of Anxiety

When you watch the muscle spasms in the other person’s face as you wait to see their reaction to you admitting your love to them.

Breaking a valuable family heirloom and watching your mother scream.

One becomes incredibly anxious when checking their bank account to see if there is enough to pay for the dinner they just ordered at a five star restaurant. Because who wants to be perceived as a cheap ass?

When you are the only non-white person in your advanced literature class. The isolation sets in and you gradually feel smaller.

Your father casually stating that if you don’t graduate college within the next two years that life will be hell. You’re nineteen.

Waiting to hear the doctor tell you bad news.

-K. Kanoelani