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If once upon a time is not that ancient
And happily ever after seems assured 
Why do you sit inside while weathers clement 
Waiting for your fate to be concurred

You’ve heard the stories with the hidden meanings
And yet in the end they’re not as hidden as it seems
Or maybe you’ve just learned to find the endings
Wondering what happily ever after sometimes means

You watch the birds as they away are flying
And even though your wings are greater than those
You wonder why your heart inside is sighing
And ponder life while others bare their souls

You watch others choose their paths, though not as wise
Waiting for the path you think will fit you best
Searching for elusive compromise
Between what your heart is saying and success

I do not wish to be your laden anchor
To be the one who holds you down and clips your wings
And though at first you fly like a beginner
You will fly free with a soul that sings

If you can hold your breath while waters rising
And smile and act like everything’s ok
Your wings will grow while inner child is dying
Then you’ll say goodbye, take off, and fly away

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