When I was younger
I was afraid of growing up
I didn’t like the thought of
But mostly I feared the responsibility
The approaching finish line for childhood
The beginning of adolescence,
Of teenagerdom, adulthood.
I was not an ignorant child,
I knew a lot about the world
Even for kids at my age,
But that meant that I knew about
And I grew up faster.
As I’ve grown,
Because I’ve learned,
Because of my experiences with
I have changed.
I learned how to cope with anger and stress,
I learned how to live with compassion
I learned how to help others in need.
I am on the peak of some strange new era