After a While, You'd Learn ...

After a while, 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 begin to 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 ahead
With a grace of a woman
Not a grief of a child

And you learn
To build your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is
Too uncertain for plans
And futures have a way
Of falling down in midflight

After a while, you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much
So you plant your own garden
And decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers

And you learn
That you really can endure
That you are really strong
And you really do have worth
And you learn and you learn
With every goodbye, you learn.

Veronica Shoffstall

Welcome to 2019!

The road to come this far wasn't easy; you had to slay them monsters you created and met along the way, you probably don't know how you did it but sure did you make it. Every day is a hustle. New year, new challenges. You sure can't be too ready but sure you know whatever comes, you're on it. We sure don't know what's ahead that would knock us off our feet, but as they say, you get up, shake it off and keep going. The word " keep going" would not feel like it but... when you are still fighting battles that you don't know when would probably stop. We endure and we can endure, we have our own phase and time and perhaps our own way of coping with our situation. The struggle you have today, no matter how you think of it as a whirlwind and hard slamming storm that you don't even know when it would probably stop, eventually will. In many ways than one, you even find yourself wondering how you come out of it, but you did. Life changes; sometimes you've seen it, you feel it, and sometimes you don't even notice it. Lifting yourself up is easier said than done, but you have to, no one is coming to save you. You save yourself from your own self-destruction or self-reconstruction. Picking up your own pieces and rebuilding, brick by brick is a commitment you do for you. Enjoy your achievements no matter how small, it may be nothing to others, but it could be a milestone for you. 2019 is your year celebrate it.

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