Growing Past Our Pain

Letter from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your Life™, Anthology (to be released Winter 2014)

It makes me very sad to know that you’re unhappy.  I know growing up the way we did wasn’t easy, especially for you being the oldest.  You had a lot more responsibilities and pressures put on by mom and dad; And that made you stressed.  I wish you could help me understand why you would intentionally hurt yourself the way you do. I can’t imagine why someone would cut themselves as a way to relieve pressure. I look at your forearms and many horizontal scars that are white and faded. I honestly couldn’t imagine feeling so stressed that I have to inflict pain on myself. Having enough strength to cut my skin with a razor blade and then feeling better. We both grew up in the same conditions, so I sometimes can’t understand why you would do such a thing.  I guess we have different ways of dealing with our emotions. I hope someday you will stop cutting yourself, and realize there are other ways to deal with stress and pressure that you feel. I hope you take yourself out of the environment you are in, and find better people to surround yourself with. Cutting is a serious mental health problem, and if you don’t get help you might accidentally do something you can’t take back. I know we don’t have the best relationship but I hope you take this letter into consideration. So someday we can have the relationship that we always wanted.

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I Want to Tie a Balloon to My Insecurities

Excerpt from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your Life™, Anthology (to be released Winter 2014)

I want to tie a balloon to my insecurities.
I want to officially let them free, to rise and lift away.
And as they rise, I will be different.
I will be able to speak my mind on whatever it is I want.
To let go of my insecurities.
I will be able to truly be myself.
And not have a care in the world.
If my hair’s a mess or my outfit just isn’t the best.
Because it simply shouldn’t matter.
Something I must remember is, those who mind, don’t matter.
And those who matter don’t mind.

The Woman Bottled Up in Me

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The Woman Bottled Up in Me

Poem from YOUR L!FE: Young Voices from The Write of Your Life™, Anthology (to be released Winter 2014) by The Write of Your Life™ Student

She is confident.
She isn’t afraid to stand tall and take eyes away from her feet.
She isn’t afraid of falling, so she doesn’t.
She’s like a flower blooming so strong and beautiful.
But she’s so deep down and out of reach I fear I won’t find her.
My desire to be this person is so great.
But my habit of wondering what everyone is thinking of me is in my way.
If I let that go then maybe I can stand tall too.