After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul.
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning,
And company doesn't mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises.
You begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open,
With the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for your plans.
After a while you learn that even sunshine
Burns if you have too much.
So plant your own garden and decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you will learn that you really can endure
More than you ever thought you could.
That you really are special
And that you really do have the grandest worth.
So live to learn and know yourself
And in doing so, you will learn to live.
*Poem by Veronica Shoftshall, with adaptions. Image via weheartit