September 18, 2019

A Poem for the Days when we need a little Self-Compassion.

Our past only taints our future if we do not change our behaviour.

Your past is only lessons, proof of growth, proof of life. Mistakes are inevitable in life, and yet when you’re in the thick of it, it can feel like the end. It can feel as if nothing can shake the smell of regret off of you, no amount of water could soak you clean.

The truth is, you don’t need to be shook, nor do you need to be soaked, all that is required of you is to learn. Learn from the things that hurt you, the things that hurt others, and reevaluate the way you live. Step by step, that’s all we’re doing here on Earth—learning, evolving into better humans.

Next time that feeling takes hold of your ankles, and starts wrapping itself around your legs, remember this is your purpose: to make mistakes, feel the feelings, change your patterns, and evolve. Vulnerability is a superpower.

I have felt this feeling many times in my life, and in the beginning, it seems impossible to turn it into a positive. I wrote this poem as a reminder for myself that this feeling will pass. All will be forgiven, and after, I will rise having learned something new. I hope it gives you the strength to have compassion for yourself in these times too.


I Rise

My words are unsure,

Like rocks tiptoeing across the river

They walk up to the line of what I know,

And who I am

I hover here and ask myself completely,

How can I pursue this feeling and still make a whole?

To attain my momentum

To continue to move forward

Without being ruled by a theory dredged up from history


With an inside puncture, I am held back

like floodwaters, the suction, and pressure

on my skin is enormous, much like the pull

to let go and wash away, to just be dragged

over the lipped edge,

And down,



It is less out of habit

And more out of intent


But rest assured. My strength outweighs

the descent. I will rise from this

Full to the brim with heavy reflection

I will rise

With pristine clarity

And a newly won security.


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