You: A Poem

You: A Poem

Holding a black velvet box in one hand / Containing every girl’s dream
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Six years ago today,
With sand between our toes
And sunburns on our cheeks,
You took my hands in yours—
Warm against cold,
Eyes glazed over,
Brown and hazel,
Dazing into days to come.
Butterflies danced in my stomach.
My heart beat as fast as hummingbird’s wings,
Reminding me to breathe
In, out, in, out.
Pulled me closer
Tilted heads
Lips drawed nearer
Blood drained.
One against the other















Today,
I see you on one knee
With sand in our shoes
And a sunset in the distance,
Holding a black velvet box in one hand
Containing every girl’s dream,
But knowing this one contains mine.
Eyes glazed over
Brown and hazel
Staring into moments passed
Butterflies ceased years ago
My heart no more
Beats as two now
Mine and yours
Together













Cover Image Credit: Ben White

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When something does not work out as planned, our immediate thoughts are overwhelming. I have sat up many nights, staring at the ceiling, wondering why things did not work out as planned. I know sometimes you feel as if the whole world is coming down on you. I know you are frustrated at the mystery of events that could take place.

Trust me, it will get better and work out in a way you never would've imagined.

When you wallow in self-pity after things not working out, you are only hindering your success. You know when everything will get better? It will get better when you start believing in yourself. It will get better when you start to love yourself for who you are and push yourself to your fullest potential.

Life has many different paths and obstacles that we, as human beings, are faced with every day.

When we do not have a choice on the outcome of particular situations, it is hard to see the positive side.

Take a minute to close your eyes and think about the last time something did not work out as planned. Were you optimistic and positive? If not, take this advice from me.

To my 6th grade relationship where I acted out the "Romeo and Juliet" scene for my first kiss, thank you. To the immature middle-school drama, thank you. To dance auditions, thank you. To falling in love with one specific college, thank you. To having a crazy freshman year experience, thank you.

Now, these are just a handful of events that did not go as planned for me personally. I can truthfully say, with all of these "losses," I gained so much more. Sometimes we do not even realize that the plans we are making for our lives may not be the best. The plans that are meant to work out always do.

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To the guy that is frustrated about his career path, say thank you.

To the child that is left out in a friend group, say thank you.

You will one day see the path that IS meant to work out after that one "planned" path did not. It is so important to understand that you are not alone. Every single human being on this earth has once thought of a plan, only to have it destructed by a new one. Without control, without a say, our life plan can change in a blink.

So, to all the things that did not work out, thank you.

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