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Adolescence

EVER FELT STUCK IN BETWEEN?
EVER FELT LIKE THE WORLD WAS SPINNING AROUND YOU AT AN EXPONENTIAL RATE?
EVER FEEL LIKE YOU'RE SCREAMING, BUT NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU?
YOU’RE WALKING BLINDLY THROUGH THE TWISTS AND TURNS OF ADOLESCENCE.

YOU SEE YOUR REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR AND PICK YOURSELF APART
NOTICING EVERYTHING WRONG AND NOTHING RIGHT.
YOU GET YOURSELF UP AND DUST YOURSELF OFF BECAUSE IT'S JUST ANOTHER DAY.
ANOTHER DAY
ANOTHER DAY

THERE ARE DAYS OF YOUR ADOLESCENCE FULL OF LOVE AND KINDNESS AND LAUGHTER.
YOU LEARN TO LET PEOPLE INTO YOUR MIND AND INTO YOUR HEART
YOU FIND RAYS OF LIGHT IN THE WORLD THAT RADIATE OFF YOUR SKIN AND ARE ABSORBED INTO YOUR SOUL, BRINGING LIFE TO IT.
YOU CLIMB MOUNTAINS YOU NEVER THOUGHT YOU COULD CLIMB AND STAND PROUDLY AT THE TOP.
YOU FIND YOUR VOICE AND LEARN TO USE IT AND STAND TALL AND STRONG IN THE FACE OF  ANY ADVERSITY
NO MATTER HOW BIG.
NO MATTER HOW SMALL.
YOU FIND FRIENDS WHO ARE BETTER VERSIONS OF YOURSELF AND LAUGH AND LEARN WITH THEM.
YOU FALL IN LOVE FOR THE FIRST TIME AND KNOW YOU'LL ALWAYS, ALWAYS REMEMBER.

BUT DESPITE YOUR SUCCESS, LAUGHTER AND LOVE THAT FILLS YOUR HEART AND LIFE, YOU STILL HAVE DARK DAYS.
YOU COME TO TERMS WITH THE FACT THAT NOTHING IS FOREVER AND THAT YOU'RE JUST ONE SMALL SMALL PIECE IN A PUZZLE WITH AN INFINITE AMOUNT OF PIECES
YOU FEAR INEVITABLE HEARTBREAK
HEARTBREAK THAT COMES IN SO MANY FORMS
YOU FEAR THE FUTURE AND LEAVING YOUR CHILDHOOD BEHIND  
YOU LEARN THAT LOVE DOESN'T ALWAYS WIN AND SOMETIMES HATE DOES
YOU FEAR THE WORLD AROUND YOU AND WONDER HOW YOUR ONE VOICE CAN MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE
YOU WATCH THE NEWS FOR 20 MINUTES AND END UP IN TEARS
BUT THOSE TEARS GIVES YOU CLARITY AND PERSPECTIVE ON HOW LUCKY YOU ARE.

MOST OF ALL THOUGH THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF ONE'S ADOLESCENCE
YOU FIND YOURSELF.
YOU LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF AND ALL OF YOUR FAULTS.
YOU LEARN TO LOVE THE WORLD DESPITE ITS HATRED AND DARKNESS.
YOU LEARN THAT YOU DON'T REALLY KNOW A THING, AND TO FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT.
YOU LEARN TO LOVE, TO TRUST
AND THAT CRYING AND HAVING DOUBTS AND FEARS DON'T MAKE YOU WEAK THEY JUST MAKE YOU HUMAN
YOU FIND BEAUTY IN PAIN
YOU FIND IN LOVE PLACES YOU NEVER EXPECTED

AND BEFORE YOU KNOW IT'S GONE AND THAT FUTURE YOU FEARED IS HERE NOW. 
BUT THAT FEAR HAS FADED
AND YOUR STRENGTH SHINES THROUGH
YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE AND YOU KNOW THAT YOU’RE NOT ONLY LOVED BY THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU, YOU’RE LOVED BY YOURSELF.
YOU SEEK ADVENTURE.
YOU CRAVE KNOWLEDGE.
YOU PICK YOURSELF UP AND DUST YOURSELF OFF 
YOU SEE YOUR REFLECTION IN THE MIRROR AS YOU PASS BY AND YOU SMILE AND WALK AWAY WITH HEAD HELD HIGH.






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