Poetry On moving Onward for the Dreaming Girl

Onward, Dreaming Girl

A poem personifying the importance of holding onto what you truly believe in and want to conquer the "box" of what is expected.


This is for the women who feel confined to normalities and desire to make their dreams come true. It is never too late, nor is it ever ridiculous to make them happen for it is your life. Now, may this piece instill that bravery inside of you to seek those dreams out and live them fully and fruitfully!

The space felt so confined, so familiar

The routine, it was the same and never any clearer

There were cryptic messages of doubt

And not enough to make it count

She dreamt of a world where she knew, where she was certain

There were things she hoped she would find

It was the dream that kept it all alive

It was the same things everyday,

Some she was fond of and others, not so much

But it was the separation of this common space she wanted

To feel the things of an otherworldly touch

She worried a lot, a little, or too deeply

It came to the point where her dreams were only fleeting

'What a ridiculous idea,' or 'you can't do it,' spun around her ears

From those she thought she trusted and held so dear

The space began to close in on her each and everyday,

Until a ray of light in her sprouted in her

And grew and grew until it began to shine

It pushed back on the walls of the closing room

And made space for the stars

Tears formed in her eyes as she realized her dreams were never gone

The sounds of negativity fell quickly away

The bright light finding her a new way

It was always there, she just needed to believe a little more

The vastness of that otherworldly thing becoming real and filled with dreams galore

She saw many possibilities and soon, the walls that confined her

Parted for the last time and crumbled in size, seen, no more after

If there is something the girl seized more than the day itself

It was the realization that her dreams never be shelved

No matter the closing of a familiar space

No matter the naysayers

No matter the height

No matter the depth

She knew, she finally knew

That the room that kept her confined

Matter little to the open Space of Stars

Her dreams, it's true

For today's dirt

Can be tomorrow's gold

Not monetary but spiritual wealth

And now she knew

How much her dreams meant, yes it's true

For a fleeting memory of that room

The girl cracks a smile

Staring into her Moon

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Everything You Will Miss If You Commit Suicide

The world needs you.

You won't see the sunrise or have your favorite breakfast in the morning.

Instead, your family will mourn the sunrise because it means another day without you.

You will never stay up late talking to your friends or have a bonfire on a summer night.

You won't laugh until you cry again, or dance around and be silly.

You won't go on another adventure. You won't drive around under the moonlight and stars.

They'll miss you. They'll cry.

You won't fight with your siblings only to make up minutes later and laugh about it.

You won't get to interrogate your sister's fiancé when the time comes.

You won't be there to wipe away your mother's tears when she finds out that you're gone.

You won't be able to hug the ones that love you while they're waiting to wake up from the nightmare that had become their reality.

You won't be at your grandparents funeral, speaking about the good things they did in their life.

Instead, they will be at yours.

You won't find your purpose in life, the love of your life, get married or raise a family.

You won't celebrate another Christmas, Easter or birthday.

You won't turn another year older.

You will never see the places you've always dreamed of seeing.

You will not allow yourself the opportunity to get help.

This will be the last sunset you see.

You'll never see the sky change from a bright blue to purples, pinks, oranges, and yellows meshing together over the landscape again.

If the light has left your eyes and all you see is the darkness, know that it can get better. Let yourself get better.

This is what you will miss if you leave the world today.

This is who will care about you when you are gone.

You can change lives. But I hope it's not at the expense of yours.

We care. People care.

Don't let today be the end.

You don't have to live forever sad. You can be happy. It's not wrong to ask for help.

Thank you for staying. Thank you for fighting.

Suicide is a real problem that no one wants to talk about. I'm sure you're no different. But we need to talk about it. There is no difference between being suicidal and committing suicide. If someone tells you they want to kill themselves, do not think they won't do it. Do not just tell them, “Oh you'll be fine." Because when they aren't, you will wonder what you could have done to help. Sit with them however long you need to and tell them it will get better. Talk to them about their problems and tell them there is help. Be the help. Get them assistance. Remind them of all the things they will miss in life.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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Working On My Emotional Health Is At The Top Of My To-Do List

I'm finally realizing the importance of my mental and emotional health.


The month of April has been so eye-opening for me. For the first bit of the year, I felt like I was in a slump; like I was just going through the motions and not fully living my life.

I was letting boy drama, school stress, and my poor actions to deal with those issues take over my life. I was allowing the anger and shame from those mistakes bubble up inside me until I was just about ready to explode.

I was allowing myself to go back to old ways of coping with problems that I knew weren't healthy, but I knew would be a short-term fix.

I simply wasn't living.

Then, one day I woke up and told myself I needed to change, and that if I didn't, I'd be on this same path ten years from now... or worse. I told myself I needed to get my life back on track with the Lord and with who I want to be as a rising senior in college.

After meeting with one of the leaders at my church (btw, everyone needs a Mrs. Jenny in their life!) and with my therapist, I'm starting to realize how important my emotional health is. My way of dealing with problems hasn't been working all that well, so I know it's time to try something else.

It's all going to be a huge learning process (and at times, an uphill battle), but I know working on my emotional health now will build me to be the best I can in the future.

By learning to become more open to healthier ways of dealing with issues as they come up (like not avoiding problems and actually facing them head-on), I know I can become my best self, and that is something I'm willing to work on with my whole heart.

So, I'm learning to let go of needing to control everything in my life because honestly, wanting to control everything puts me more out of control than when I first started.

And, I encourage you to do the same.

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