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I'm Not Them

April 18, 2014
By Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green


Today I’m trying not to say the usual things.

Keeping up conversation
Has never been something I’m
Especially good at,
But I’m convinced that today has to be an exception.

As I climb the steps of the school
Confidently
For the first time in history,
I take a deep breath and remind myself that
Today’s the day
For being who I’m not.
I tell myself to
Do away with the boring rants of poetry,
Books,
And music.
Instead, replace it with
Interesting stories,
Agreeable nods,
And identical giggles.

The world’s a stage,
And you have to play your part
To receive applause.
Right?

So that’s when I allow the words to flow from my lips,
As if I am someone else.
And I’m surprised as I chirp with the others
(Who flock around me now like pigeons)
About nothing really in particular;
“Where’d you get those shoes?”
“Did you dye your hair?”
“OMG, shhh, he just looked this way.”

And it comes to me suddenly,
In the midst of what they consider “conversation,”
That this is not who I am.
It’s not who I want to be.

I realize I have to be myself
In order to be me.



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Hanban12 ELITE said...
on May. 18 2014 at 8:37 pm
Hanban12 ELITE, Lake Worth, Florida
133 articles 7 photos 633 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them."
Henry David Thoreau

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep; slowly, and then all at once."
John Green

I love your optimism and outlook on life. Thank you for sharing, that is a great way to put it. I'll remember that now :)

on May. 18 2014 at 3:57 pm
SunnyDreams BRONZE, Niger Falls, Other
1 article 0 photos 274 comments

Favorite Quote:
Can you feel what I have seen, when no one else has lived through what I have?-HalveOfLife

In reaity you said life is like a stage, you have to play your part in order to get applauded for it.  This is true, but I see life differently. I see it as a gigantic puzzle.  Everyones lives fit in it one way or another.  We are connected together.  One leads to another.  One way we will meet, that is just a matter of how you look at it. One person leads to another while the other leads to another.

on Apr. 28 2014 at 4:50 pm
PoeticPrincess BRONZE, Jonesboro, Georgia
3 articles 0 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"One moment of pleasure is not worth a million moments of pain."

Wow I really like it! To realize you can only be comfortable if you first just be yourself is great!