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My Beautiful Individuality MAG

May 29, 2022
By NoelleM022820 BRONZE, Cramerton, North Carolina
NoelleM022820 BRONZE, Cramerton, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - J.R.R. Tolkien


When I found the way I liked to be
They said no, and excluded me
They said I should conform
They said I should fit in
Be their way
They said what they liked
I should like
They said what they wore
I should wear
They said what they believed
I should believe
They said …
They said …
They said …
They said so many things, that
just weren’t true
But gradually, I felt them
remaking me
These harsh opinions, these
angry raw truths
These people, these words, this world a noose
It wipes out my beautiful
individuality
Until I silence. I shut down
my voice.
I shut down my joy, my me, my choice
But I, I have learned the harshest lesson of all
The world
Does not care if I conform
The world
Does not care
Because it remembers my
beautiful individuality
It remembers the person that
I used to be
The person it didn’t want me to be
The person I always needed to be
The person it took
Away from me.


The author's comments:

This piece embodies many of my regrets. Too many people, especially teenagers and young adults let the world define who we are supposed to be instead of accepting who we are. Often it is too late when we realize that the person we used to be was the one we wanted to be all along. If anyone reads this, please don't let the world silence your beautiful individuality.


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Lydiaq ELITE said...
on Jun. 7 at 9:23 am
Lydiaq ELITE, Somonauk, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
The universe must be a teenage girl. So much darkness, so many stars.
--me

This is an incredible poem