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I don't know who I am.
This may sound strange,
but it's how I feel
many 20 somethings
know this feeling is real
"This is normal"
"You're not alone"
But this lack of identity
Makes me feel thrown
For years I was the "smart one"
Strove for the highest grades
Lost that identity for a bit
Momentarily lived in the shade
I reclaimed that feeling in first year
Academically, feeling strong
But wanting to excel was challenging
Anxiety and depression tagged along
I excelled for four years to leave options
Working myself to the bone
Hoping my hard work would mean something
My path forward would be shown
But now I'm left with burn out.
It leaves me at a crossroads
Not sure which path to take
Not confident in myself
Or the changes I hope to make
Building a live worth living
Is more challenging than you make think
When you're used to craving excellence
Anything less feels like an empty link
I have to find a way forward
To make sense of all that is
Accept that life isn't always fun
But know that doesn't mean my life is done.
I want to be an optimist
In a world that's sad and cruel
Find where I truly belong
Hope will be my tool.
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