Who Do You See- A Poem
Who do you see
when you look at me?
Can you see past this shell?
Past the exterior?
Will you be patient
Or force your way through?
Do you even care to know?
Patience is the only way in.
Will you tear me down
just to see what I am made of?
Your forcefulness will go unrewarded.
Brick by brick
Cruel word by cruel word
You tear me down.
When the last brick is gone
you will see
behind the rough, brick wall
stands a cold, steel wall.
During most of my life I never really felt like anyone thought I was anything great to look at. I never really dated and spent most nights at home writing or reading. High school was the most challenging, with peer pressure and social pressures urging me to do what I did not want to do. I was frequently criticized by people for going "against the grain" but this was the only way I knew I should be going. They used hurtful words and told lies behind my back but I didn't let it get to me for long. It's true that for a long while I thought I was mistaken, that the way I was living my life was maybe the wrong way and that perhaps I should just give in. Just the thought of caving in made me upset, my core values made me who I was, how could I abandon them? I saw my siblings, and even my parents, behave in ways that I could not condone.
Despite what others said, I pushed on and did what my heart said was right. I molded myself into a person I could be proud of, no amount of peer pressure could steer me astray. I realized I wasn't the weak and inferior person they wanted to believe I was. In fact, I was stronger than them simply by having the determination I had to be a good person. Nothing could sway me, nothing could convince me I was wrong, because the fact remained that I was quite right from the start!
The answers to how you should live your life are within you, not within society. No one can tell you where your heart lies or what inspires you, these are things that you need to find deep within yourself. A person can not be whole until they have found these things about themselves. How can you hope to complete a journey if you do not know where to go? I have long held a love of Robert Frost poems, specifically The Road Not Taken, and believe that the final line in his poem is a wonderful mantra and the inspiration for the choices I have made in my life.
So as I have several times before, I leave you with a challenge: Don't do what you are expected to do, do what you're heart tells you is right. Be true to yourself and you will become the person you have always hoped you could be.
"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" ~Robert Frost~
A great book to help you find your inner calling
© 2011 Greenhousewife
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