From then to now

Oh, how have things changed

I’m no longer innocent,

Yet I’m no longer in pain


That girl in middle school

Might have seen me as lame

I don’t have as many friends

But much I have gained


I know things now

About people without loyalties

About what I want from life

About my own priorities


That girl then

Just wanted to please

But not everyone can be happy

And so I have come to see


That growing up means leaving behind

Things you once treasured

And finding yourself

And new ways to measure 



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