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i.


No matter how many times the world
says to “be yourself”
it will never accept you
when you are.


ii.


You’re on your own. Always.


iii.


Admit to yourself that you lie.
You don’t have to make it
a point of conversation with others
because most will not understand
nor love you regardless,
even though they do it too,
but admitting it to yourself
opens the door for growth and that
is very important.


iv.
 

There will be a boy who you find
sitting next to you in a library one day
and he’ll eventually ask you to do something.
Say no.


v.


The road to hell may be paved with good intentions
but remember
it’s better to do the wrong thing
than to do the right thing with your heart
not in the right place.


vi.


Learn to laugh more.
Life is much more bearable.


vii.


Don’t blame society for all your problems.


viii.


Don’t blame yourself for all your problems.


ix.


Don’t apologize for everything.
This is neither attractive nor healthy;
it makes you feel like the weight of the world
is on your shoulders and other people
will take advantage of you.


x.


There is no such thing as security—
there is only freedom
or the lack thereof.


xi.


You’ll learn someday that envy is your worst sin.
Be careful, or it will lose you some of the best friendships
you ever had and leave you cold and empty.  


xii.


You will have unpopular opinions
and as much as society will yell “believe what you want!”
some of these opinions will be met with
shock, anger, and even disgust,
which will hurt you tremendously because
like it or not, you’re a sensitive person.
Hold these opinions anyway.


xiii.


Your parents had no clue how to raise you.
They were young and carrying a lot of baggage.
Don’t resent them for this.


xiv.  

People aren’t meant to be idolized,
they’re meant to be loved for the imperfect
creatures that they are.


xv.


You will come to discover that at your core
you are very insecure.
You will not like this discovery
but making it will be a reward
because in many ways it will free you.  


xvi.


The world does not owe you anything.


xvii.


You do not owe the world anything.


xviii.


When your grandmother calls you
from across the country, take the time to talk to her.
One day you won’t get to.


xix.


There will be a girl
who you’ll love but also hate
because she stays by your side but calls you out
on your bullshit. Have the guts
to admit that she’s right
and don’t sabotage yourself just to spite her.
You’ll hurt yourself more than anything.


xx.


Don’t have faith in humanity.
Have faith in individuals.


xxi.


Don’t worry about not having answers. No one does.
To stumble from moment to moment is to live.


xxii.


Most of your pleasures will be guilty pleasures.
I’m afraid that’s just the way you’re wired.


xxiii.


Contrary to common belief,
“true love” does not exist.
To say that there is “true love” is to imply
that there is “false love” and that’s not how love works.
Love is either present or it's not.


xxiv.


Neither doubt nor faith are curses.
Both are gifts.


xxv.


You're a hypocrite, just like everyone else.


xxvi.


Fear is not your enemy. Without it,
there is nothing to overcome
and therefore
no courage.


xxvii.


It’s okay to be happy.
It’s okay not to be.


xxviii.


Peace will never exist in the world around you;
you have to find it inside yourself.
This is the hardest thing you will ever attempt
because it means coming to terms with yourself.


xxix.


People don’t want to see you succeed in anything,
because when they see you succeed
they feel like they’ve failed.


xxx.


You are not materialistic. Embrace this quality
and hold it close because it’s precious.
When your best friend in high school does your makeup
and your first boyfriend in college tells you to get better shoes
don’t let this make you feel inadequate.


xxxi.


Despite all those pep talks
the truth is, things don’t always work out.
There is no rule in real life that says everything
will be okay in the end.


xxxii.


It’s okay to not be strong.
The heart can only take so much,
then it’s had enough.
Always remember to allow
your heart the time to heal.  


xxxiii.


Some people will encourage you
to change; others will encourage you
not to. Change is a crucial part of life,
but everyone changes in their own time and way.
Change as you need to, not as others
tell you to.


xxxiv.


Everyone is looking for something. Including you.
Root for them. And for yourself.
One of those “letters to my younger self” pieces. Not sure if to call it poetry or prose… prosetry, maybe? Anyway, it was very random, very spur of the moment. A nice big hunk of my inner self here. Savor it, if you so choose.

EDIT: I changed the format a bit since dA didn't like the one I had before.    
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Theopenpage Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
That title, straight away got me wanting to read this!
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Thanks! Glad I pulled you in. ;)
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sciencevsart Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to savour it, but it hurts to read it. Like, "How did you know?" "Why are there so many things so similar?"

We, as people, aren't so different after all.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
I completely agree, and I'm glad you found a lot in it to relate to even though it was painful to read. :heart:
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QQI25 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome. I love it. I really really love it. You are awesome. 
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Why thank you!!! :aww: :heart:
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QQI25 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome! ^~^
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ArtsyAmbassadorArt Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They say pictures say a thousand words.  These words are painting thousands of pictures as I read them, some pleasing, some sad, some uplifting, others that all people in the world should take a look at.  You've made gold my friend.
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TheEmptyChest Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014
Thank you! It means a lot to me that my work resonates with you and that you think it's "gold." :aww: :tighthug:
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Sammur-amat Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014   General Artist
deserves to be framed, really does. :heart:
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