After a while you learn the subtle difference

between holding a hand and chaining a soul,

and you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning

and company doesn’t mean security

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts

and presents aren’t promises

you begin to accept your defeats

with your head up and your eyes open

with the grace of an adult,

not the grief of a child

And you learn to build all your roads on today

because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain

for your plans

After a while you learn that even sunshine

burns you if you get too much

So plant your own garden and decorate

your own soul, instead of waiting for

someone to bring you flowers

And you will learn that you can really endure,

that you are really special

and that you really do have worth

So live to learn and know yourself

In doing so, you will learn to live