I was told to tie my laces,
And keep my glasses on.
That I needed to stay their paces,
Or end up mowing lawns.
"Be the best now so you'll be the best then!"
Always seemed to be my anthem.
But I haven't always been,
So it must be me against them.
I learned to make school my business,
And how to form a thesis,
But I never thought I'd witness
Becoming my own nemisis.
My biggest fight was against fun,
But also against dropping eyes.
When my friends said "come!"
I had two excuses - or lies.
But being alone had it's disadvantages,
And as I learned to compare and contrast,
I knew I couldn't manage,
So I put that all in the past.
I've learned since then,
Everyone is smart,
But most often
It's better to be kind.