One. Learn to dance,
before you learn to walk.
When you walk, you go straight, in one direction,
but when you dance, you sway to
the rhythm of your heartbeat, moving to the
melody only you can hear.
Walking takes time. Walking takes practice.
But dancing . . .
Anyone can dance. Anyone can twirl and hop
and skip and anyone can live in the moment.
Two. Once you learn to walk,
go places. What’s the point of
learning something if you’re not going to explore it?
When your feet finally manage to hold you up,
go step after step after step.
Walk in the direction they tell you not to go.
Walk barefoot, so you can feel the Earth beneath you.
Walk around the world.
Walk to the moon and back.
Walk to wherever you’d like
but always remember to follow your instincts.
Three. During your walk, stop for
a moment.Look around you.
Look at where you are. Stop near a bush of
new blooms to make a flower crown.
Stop and look up at the sky.
Stop and breathe in the fresh air of
the moment that you’re in, for it
will never come back.
Four. Go on adventures. I promise,
it’s not that hard. Adventure is out there.
Travel a new road. Try something new.
Dig in your backyard to find a new treasure.
Swim in the ocean with the ripples and the waves.
Just do something. Have fun. Learn.
Five. Make friends. You’re not alone. There are
more than seven billion people in this world, and we’re all
fighting our own battles. We’re all bearing the burden of the world.
But if the world is lying on top of two shoulders instead of one,
the load can be made a little lighter.
And when the stars fall out of the sky, and you catch them,
You’re going to want someone
to share them with and when it feels like
you’re falling off a cliff, you’re going
to have someone to catch you.
Six. Take pictures, and be part of the picture.
These beautiful days won’t come once again.
And you know that. And you want to make them last,
so you click a million photographs everyday,
but you shy away when someone is pointing
the camera at you. And I get it.
I get the urge to capture every moment,
I get the fact that you think you’re not photogenic.
But, what’s the point of capturing a moment if you’re not living it?
Seven. Learn. Every place, every memory, every moment
has something to teach you.
So, learn and be ready to learn. You’re
not always going to be right. Actually, you’ll
probably be wrong most of the time.
So get over the fact that you’re wrong and
learn what is right. And learn, that sometimes
there is no right and there is no wrong.
Always listen to the other side,
and try to understand, but always stand up
for what you believe is right. Always listen
to your heart.
Eight. Come home. It’s been a long journey,
and you’re tired and you’re fulfilled.
So, come home. You can always come home.
Your bedroom is waiting for you, with the
crayon marks on the walls,
the framed photographs on your bedside table,
and all the books scattered across your room.
And there’s that home-cooked meal, sitting
on the dining table, just waiting for you to
eat it and sigh with satisfaction when you’re done.
It’s been a long day. Come home.
Nine. Write a story. You’ve learned
so much and you’ve done so much.
You have so many stories that are
just waiting to be read. So, sit down,
at your desk, and write them.
Write what you know. Write about what you don’t.
Write about your dreams and write about your nightmares.
Write about your mountains and write about your valleys.
Just write. And keep writing until
your fingers bleed and your hands hurt. Write
until you know your story is complete.
Ten. Tell your story. You might not
realize it, but everyone is listening.
They care. They want to know.
Your story can inspire. Your story
is yours. Tell your story.
Eleven. Listen to other’s stories.
You have a story. Everyone has a story.
Listen to each other. Learn from each other.
Laugh at the funny stories and cry to the sad ones.
Everyone has been on their own journey.
Share it with them.
Twelve. Be proud of what you’ve done.
You’ve been through so much.
You’ve accomplished so much even though
it doesn’t seem like it. You deserve to be happy.
You deserve to be proud.
And thirteen. Start over.
Yeah, I know it seems like a lot
and I know it’s overwhelming.
But, think about it. You’ve done this
before. I can’t promise it’ll be easier.
But I can promise,
it will be worth it.
Hey Dreamers! I hope you liked that poem. I know you probably don’t need the advice of a thirteen-year old, but I hope it inspired you or helped you in some way. I think in a way, I wrote this more to remind myself of what is important in life, and help me along the way. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a non-rhyming poem, and I realized why I used to write so many of them. I know this was pretty long, and I thank you if you read the entire thing. 🙂 I hope you have a great day!