Perspective

20 years from now

You’d look back and say,

“I have failed,”

Not,

“I have earned my dreams,”

Just because you are

Talentless

Not

Heartless

Not

Passionate

And you are

Inside and out

Pretty ugly

Not

Utterly Gorgeous,

Simple-minded

Not

A complete genius,

Uncoordinated

Never

Graceful

Just because you are not meant to be Live in doubt

Don’t

Trust yourself

You just are and forever will be

Unwanted

Not

Loved

Cared for,

Creative,

Imaginative,

Beautiful,

Funny,

And Generous

Because of you

Dark and hopeless

Not

Full of opportunity

The world is

The worst part of life

Not

The best part of everything

Will always be

You

(Now read from bottom to top).

Caitriona McIntyre

Originally appeared in the 2012-2013 edition of Outside In.