I Want You To Understand

I want you to understand

that I'm not perfect; I don't

try or pretend to be.

I want you to understand

there are things I've done that

I'm not proud of, but will admit to.

I want you to understand

that the past can be dark or light;

it can't be changed; it makes us who we are.

I want you to understand

the present is temporary; an illusion

that always passes.

I want you to understand

the future is a very uncertain

thing; build it now.

I want you to understand

that promises are forever, and

that's a long time.

I want you to understand

that people will come and go;

don't chase after them.

I want you to understand

staying in someone's shadow is for

those who don't have their own.

I want you to understand

anything that hurts something

will heal it; all it needs is time.

I want you to understand

blindly following orders can lead you

out of a storm or over a cliff.

I want you to understand

material things will fade away without changing

you; non-material things won't.

I want you to understand

that you can't give someone else something

until you give it to yourself.

I want you to understand

that dreams aren't impossible

until you lose hope in them.

I want you to understand

that each night brings a new

morning; never let either linger.

Most importantly,

I want you to understand

life has ups and downs, but it is what you make it.