Looking back on that naive girl,
entering college, a whole new world
with a mountainous horizon hanging ahead
I wish I could tell her, the view was worth it in the end.
I wish I could tell her that her high expectations
would soon come crashing down
hiding her true desires was only a limitation
and she shouldn't try to please those around
her because she'll be stripped down to
"why am I here?"
a question that would haunt her in later years
as she studied abroad and transferred schools
but I wish I could tell her not to fear,
she had nothing to lose
because she would only find herself more.
I wish I could tell her prince-charming
would stick around in the end
and to trust the process of leaning in
on God's will and good friends
because it has been more than okay
and only sweeter with each day.
I wish I could show her the girl
walking across the stage-aisle
with her cap, gown, and a huge smile
with even more dreams that lay ahead
and knowing her worth is not worth compromising
because her naive freshman self
would not even recognize the woman she is now.