Wednesday, 22 August 2018

For You

This is for you
Although I may not know you personally, this poem is for whoever is reading it right now
Whether you’re
young,
middle-aged,
elderly,
male,
female,
transgender,
or whether you identify as something else


I just want you to know that I completely empathise with whatever it is that you’re going through

I understand how hard it is to wake up every morning, ready to brave the day for the 7th time in a row

I get that you don’t want to fake a smile anymore, and you’re sick of hearing people telling you that it will get better, because what do they know anyway?

They haven’t battled with the same dark demons that you have, so why should you listen to them?

Coming from someone that has struggled silently with her mental health for most of her teenage life, I can tell you with my hand on my heart that it does, and it will get better

It seems more than impossible to hold on when you’re stuck in a situation, but there is always a way out

Ending your life will not end the pain

Ending your life will not make things better for yourself, or for your loved ones

It will just pass the pain onto them, and once you’re gone, they simply won’t be able to carry on

Every single person on this Earth is here for a reason, whether they recognise it yet, or whether they need to be reminded on a daily basis

You were born, and you are living, because you have a purpose

Maybe it’s to make music

Maybe it’s to educate people about mental health, and smash the stigma

Maybe it’s to smile at strangers, and spread that glimmer of hope onto them

It doesn’t sound like much, but all it takes is one person to make a significant difference

No matter what people around you say, or do, I believe in you, and I always will

One day, someday, this pain that feels oh so permanent right now, will gradually fade away to the back of your mind, and memory

You are a gem, who will never understand their true value

But, you just have to trust me when I tell you that this world would not be the same without you in it

You may think you are just one individual, but you are so much more than that

You have a heart that is fighting with every passing moment to keep you alive,

You have millions of tiny cells that are trying to protect you from poison

You have a digestive system that absorbs the nutrients you consume, so you can remain healthy, and fully functioning

Every time you hurt yourself, whether intentionally, or not, a scab will automatically form

This is your bodies way of giving your skin a chance to heal, and repair the damage that has been done

Why would it keep trying, over, and over, and over again if you weren’t meant to survive?

You may be a writer, a footballer, a dancer, a friend, a sister, a brother, a cousin, a partner

Hey, maybe one day, you will become a mother, or a father

Live your life however you want to, and don’t let anyone dictate your dreams, or your deepest desires

Nobody can put out the fire that burns within your soul

If you nourish your mind, your body, and your soul, you will flourish into a fearless fighter

Which is what you were always destined to become since the day you were born

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