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After awhile 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 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,
with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child.
And you learn how to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans.
After awhile you learn that even sunshine burns
 if you get too much.
So plant your own garden, decorate your soul,
 instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure..
that you really are strong,
and you really do have worth.”
–Veronica Shoftshall


xo N

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