I am transfixed by your lovely eyes
By the way your eyebrows curve
And the way your face turns pink in the cold
Your smile expresses so many feelings
Happiness, thoughtfulness, boredom
I wish I were wrapped in the safety of your arms
You know I exist
But just barely
Maybe that will change
I want the best for you
I want you happy
It would only be a bonus if you remembered my name.
Putting on a cape
Does not mean you can fly
It is a fashion statement
A well-known symbol of super-heroism
But true power comes from within
The ability to fly comes from your spirit
When you believe in your ability to spread your wings
You let go of your fear, and your life begins.
Mashed potatoes drizzled with gravy
Turkey carved with care
Yams with marshmallow topping
And plenty of wine to share
The room is filled with love and laughter
Pumpkin pie is a sweet delight
There’s cookies dusted with cinnamon
It is a lovely Thanksgiving night.
Sometimes the world feels like a battlefield
And sometimes, we feel the need to wear camouflage
Because it can be dangerous to stand out
Because differences turn us into targets
But there’s no shame in protecting yourself
There’s no shame in staying safe
As long as the colors beneath your camouflage
Never get lost, and never fade away.
“Happiness is found when you stop comparing yourself to other people.” ~Unknown
Throughout this year, I’ve noticed myself feeling envious of other people. Particularly, I would feel envious of the famous people that I would see on television, read about in magazines, and follow on social media.
I wouldn’t even be envious of them for the things one might expect. It wasn’t because they were famous or wealthy. It wasn’t because they had millions of followers on social media. And it wasn’t because they were good looking.
Still, I would find myself feeling envious of an actress if she had a better personality than I did. I would feel bad about myself for not being as outgoing or bubbly or expressive. I would feel like I wasn’t as likeable for being quiet and an introvert.
I would feel envious of another celebrity for her ability to live a fun and impulsive life. I would see the way someone else could take risks and not seem to worry about the future. This made me feel like I was too cautious, and that it would keep me from having an exciting life.
I would feel envious of a musician for the level of success she achieved. This would be especially true if the singer was close to my age. I would feel as though I was wasting my life away, while other people my age already had careers.
Whenever I felt this way, I always wanted to try to understand these feelings. Not only did I want to understand them, I wanted to make them go away.
I didn’t want to feel envious of the people that I looked up to. I wanted to feel happy for them.
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