[disclaimer: This poem is a little raw. I wrote it at 3:30am and refused to edit it afterward.]
I used to think that I was big
I used to think that I was strong
I used to think “I’m an adult.”
And that I was smarter than everyone else.
All that I’ve learned over my years
Is that what I think is irrelevant
You never truly know yourself
Until you’ve faced something you’ve never faced before.
Now I know that I am small
Now I know that I am weak
Now I know, I’ll always be a child
And I’ll never know enough.
The trials I’ve faced have broken me down
But they’ve taught me something real
Despite what I might think about myself
I’ll surprise myself when I have to
I can do this.
I can survive.
I am me.
I’ve been through worse.