Do not tell me to relax. No, don’t even. Don’t tell me to take a deep breath when I’m barely staying afloat. Don’t call me silly for fretting over a small issue. Don’t call me insane for showing up everyday, regardless. Don’t remind me of people who’ve had it worse. Don’t tell me this is how life is and how the world works.
Don’t. Just don’t.
Do stay by my side and show me your support. With tender words, not frivolous ones. With kind gestures, not pompous overtures. With care and love. With warmth and heart. And if you can’t, then just let it be. I’ll carry on. I’ll persist. I’ll live. I’ll keep it real. Just don’t you be fake.
What is strength if not me?
For I am strong
Stronger than I think
Stronger than I feel
Stronger than I would ever need to be
Do you doubt that?
Try and hurt me
Throw a punch
Physical or emotional
And we shall see
How fast I heal
While you wallow in the depths of misery
For having lost to me
and worst still
For having lost me
Swam through a pool of fire
And emerged unscathed.
Learned to run without training wheels,
Realised I could fly, growing wings.
Tried to keep my tears under wraps,
Found my smile bedazzling the world.
Never heard a word of encouragement,
Yet my voice resonated with profundity.
Miseries and triumphs –
The sum total of my achievements
May yet be far from even numbers.
But the life that I am living
Will not douse like dying embers.
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