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A Letter To My Adolescent Self

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Dear Edward,

 Grow out your wings first 
Before you flap them, little bird
Your wings aren't strong enough 
To fly just yet; keep your feet firmly 
Planted on the ground, for now 

Keep the wheels of your dreams spinning 
It will pay dividends in the future 
Keep burning that midnight oil 
To make every dream of yours a reality 
Stay true to that mission 

Someday your wings will take you 
To dizzying heights. Take advantage 
Of every opportunity that presents itself 
Big or small. The world is your oyster 
The sky is the limit for you 

You can accomplish anything you set 
Your mind to. Forge your own path. Pursue...
Your passion with unbridled zeal
Anything you're good at or enjoy doing, do it 
The best you possibly can and do it contently

Don't let self-doubt defeat you. Do not 
Fall prey to self-fulfilling prophecy. Laugh 
In the face of your naysayers, and refuse to 
Allow them to define you. Your time to shine 
Is now, today; right this very moment 

Take constructive criticism, not as a slight
But as inspirational fuel. Don't let some fool
Dictate when you should have your place 
In the sun. Grow out your wings, little bird 
And soar to the heavens!

Date written and posted: 05/19/2019

Copyright © | Year Posted 2019

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Date: 5/19/2019 5:22:00 PM
This is wonderfully written, full of sage advice. I could not believe how wise it is. "Laugh in the face of your naysayers, and refuse to allow them to define you." I wish every child in the world understood this. I wish we had T-shirts printed in every country on every continent that said this, Edward.
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Date: 5/19/2019 6:18:00 PM
Amen to that, Caren:-) Thanks for the lovely comments and visit!