After a while you learn the subtle difference

Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,

And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning

And company doesn’t mean security.

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts

And presents aren’t promises-

And you begin to accept your defeats

With your head up and your eyes open

And with the grace of an adult, not the

Grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today

Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain

For your plans.

After a while you learn that even sunshine

Burns if you get too much.

So plant your own garden and decorate

Your own soul- instead of waiting for

Someone to bring you flowers.

And you will learn that you really can endure

That you really are special.

And that you really do have worth.

so live to learn and know yourself.

In doing so, you will learn to live.