This poem was written out of the reflections I had on graduating and all the time I've spent at uni. Happy reading!
On Being Who You Are (Or A Letter to my Younger Self)
I've chosen to be myself now.
It was hard, not being me;
It is hard to be me.
They said I was strange, weird;
I tried to change, lock myself away,
Gave them only what they wanted to see.
I'm leaving that behind; I'm going to be me.
I'm going to be myself, I say.
Lay down my rules for living, and live by them,
Every single time.
They may oppose me true,
But I'll shake my head and smile; don't mistake
That for agreement. As Mr. Henley wrote,
'My head is bloody but unbowed', I'll say quietly
To the pain inside.
We all need that time in our lives,
To explore ourselves. Me thinks it a sad thing
To live life based on people's assumptions, views,
Beliefs, ideas, on who you are and who you should be.
Make mistakes. Grow.
Your experience should ring true to all who hear your tale.
Know who you are; separate from the clamouring and the noise
Of the voices inside and outside.
We are leaving tracks in the sand,
Our footprints quickly vanishing, too faint to follow;
A ripple of water that is gone, even as it comes.
Our monuments of today will be ashes tomorrow; new ones
Will take their place.
Live. Not too much for yourself or for a legacy
Or for the applause of society.
Live, as a celebration of life. Try to be yourself,
Who you feel with all your heart, all your soul,
You should be.
Have constructive experience. Enjoy productive fun.