Brilliant minds lost in the vortex of their
sadness. It strikes me every day as I see
more and more young Chicano's trying to
figure out what life is really about.
I see eyes searching but never seeing,
ears intent on listening but hardly anyone
speaks to them. Millions of young brown
faces eager to learn yet so few teachers
Young people, life is about happiness
and enjoying oneself and the most
important thing is the love you share with
your loved ones. It's about seeing the smile
on a quinceañeras face and watching a baby
chewing on its hand.
It's about seeing the smile on that special
persons face when you tell them you just
got a job and watching them beam with
pride when you get your first paycheck.
Life is about many such wonderful and
precious things such as good friends,
respect, love, and honor.
Life can be whatever you choose for it
to be. Just as keys are used to turn locks
so the choices you make in life are the
keys to the happiness you seek.
Take a look at the alcoholic, drowning
In his self-made misery or the drug
addict who will steal from his own
mother if given half the chance.
The person who engages in unsafe sex
until they find out they have picked up
an incurable disease. And finally the
tough guy who followed "the wrong
crowd without thinking," and now
spends all his time locked up away
from his loved ones.
That is not life, it is death! Those who
want to achieve all the wonderful things
of life have to turn their backs on all the
"fake pleasures and fake people," who
only seek to destroy ones happiness in
If you take a look at the "real locos and
locas on the streets," you will find that
just as fire can burn the flesh, uncontrolled
bad habits and bad choices can only help
destroy ones happiness!
Frank Solis is a Chicano writer and poet working to help inspire young people to achieve a greater education, and the resulting success. Author's website