After a while you learn the subtle difference
 Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
 And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
 And company doesn’t mean security.
 And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
 And presents aren't promises –

And you begin to accept your defeats
 With your head up and your eyes open
 And with the grace of an adult, not the
 Grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today
 Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain
 For your plans.

After a while you learn that even sunshine
 Burns if you get too much.

So plant your own garden and decorate
 Your own soul—instead of waiting for
 Someone to bring you flowers.

And you will learn that you really can endure,
 That you really are special.

And that you really do have worth.

So live to learn and know yourself.

In doing so, you will learn to live.

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