By Snigdha Seksari:
Come on and stop for a second to shake your head,Â dust yourself off, and look back at how far you’ve come.
Some crushing lowsÂ slapped youÂ and smacked you around. There were times your heart dipped and you squinted back tears while your stomach squeezed so tightly you couldn’t sleep. There were moments you walked around in aÂ glossy-eyeball dazeÂ –
When loved ones hurt,
Friends didn’t stay,
Or someone dear to your heart
Slowly drifted away.
Blank computer screens,
And terrible fights
You were feeling
And you were dealing
And you were reeling
AndÂ you were healing.
But as you walked your hard path down your long and bumpy road some littleÂ drops of confidenceÂ dripped like coffee into your head and into your heart. As you stumbled and got back up aÂ quiet inner strengthÂ slowly seeped into your bones. And as you climbed over obstacles set in your way some relaxed satisfaction andÂ growing self-awarenessÂ glimmered like bright lights at the bottom of your stomach.
Yes, it all changed you and grew you in so many ways you don’t even feel or notice yet.
As you struggled you empathized
As you slipped you understood
As you worked you earned
As you looked you learned
As you dared you grew
And as you jumped you flew.
Your dreams are still focusing
And your passion is growing.
Your energy is still bubbling
And your story keeps going.
You’ve been through so much and gained experience along the way. You’re stronger than before and stronger than you realize.
Sure, there were times you bent,
But you definitely didn’t break.
There were times you caved,
But you definitely didn’t flake.
You got bigger, you got better,
In more ways than one.
So stop for a second today to smile
And look back at everything you’ve done…
Everything you’ve seen…
Everywhere you’ve been…
You’ve taken more illegal naps
And had more blurry-eyed late nights.
You’ve danced to more songs
And smiled at more beautiful sights.
You’ve seen moreÂ scorching sunsets
And laughed like crazy all along
You’ve tripped a few times,
But, you kept rolling right along.
Yes, you’ve hugged more old friends
And met some brand new pretty faces.
You’ve cheered moreÂ on the sidelines
And visited some brand new pretty places.
You tasted more meals,
You got more deals,
And you’ve sniffed more flower blossoms.
And you made it all the way through because ::
You’re so completely AWESOME!
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