What was life like before you knew?
Were you young, fun, and carefree?
What kind of things did you think you'd do?
Did you dream what your future could be?
Remember the day you learned the news?
Were you angry, sad, and afraid?
Did you mourn all the things you thought you might lose,
All the hopes and dreams that you made?
How many nights did you lie awake?
Were you searching for something to blame?
How many silent prayers did you make?
Thoughts of hopelessness, fear, and shame.
Eventually, you start finding your way,
The pain dulled by glimmers of hope.
Taking every step day by day
As you learn to navigate and cope.
You've been given new lenses to see the world
Through fresh eyes of compassion and grace,
So many different thoughts and feelings unfurled
As you look to find your place.
You begin to notice how others lack
The ability to truly see
And sometimes you feel every word's an attack
On who you are trying to be.
Take note, my friend, what I'm about to say
And believe with your whole heart:
You must push forward and find your way
And learn how to play YOUR part.
Each of us contributes to life's bigger plan
No matter what ability or circumstance,
From the voiceless, the blind, to the wise man,
Each life thrives when given the chance.
Be kind to yourself and never lose sight
Of the value you hold within.
Let all your hopes and dreams take flight
And your beautiful journey begin.