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One in Seven Billion

August 14, 2015
By YourFuturePresident PLATINUM, Seattle, Washington
YourFuturePresident PLATINUM, Seattle, Washington
28 articles 3 photos 15 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it." - Hillary Clinton


The circle of life.
We're born, we live and we die.
All our joys and all our strifes,
Lost in the endless tide of time.

We get a normal job, live a normal life.
Die a normal death,
Then be forgotten.

There's nothing wrong with that.
There's no shame in it.
And yet, it brings me great fear.
I don't want to live the normal life.
I don't want to get caught in the tide.
I have to have a better purpose than to simply be alive.
I want to leave my mark,

know that my existence made the world better.

I want to leave my footprints.
I want the world to know I was here.
I want to leave behind a legacy that will be remembered forever.
But how am I supposed to do all of that?
What do I do?
How do I start?
How do I make my mark?
How do I change the world and set myself apart, if I'm not even one in a million?
I'm nothing but one human out of seven billion.


The author's comments:

I have a deep fear of living the "normal" life. I want to do something important and make an impact on this world. I want the world to be significantly better because I was here, but I don't know what to do or how to start. This poem expresses my frustration.


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on Nov. 3 2020 at 4:19 pm
RioApril14 BRONZE, Seattle, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story within you." - Dr. Maya Angelou

Me too. Love this poem.