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    1.
    it's okay to fall in love.
    i mean, they tell you you're never going
    to marry your high school sweetheart and i'm not going
    to tell you it's a lie
    because it's not. you guys will probably
    break up and it's gonna hurt like hell
    but you'll be okay. remember, you are not the only one
    who has felt loneliness like a knife,
    the only one to know the pain of lungs collapsing
    because they were your air,
    and you will never be the only one who whispered
    "i love you" two lives too soon.

    you will not be the last one to have tucked
    hair behind their ear and leaned in for a kiss
    or the last one to wake up reaching for a hand that's no longer there.

    but it's okay.


    2.
    your favorite book will not always be your favorite.
    like you, it will change over time
    to something unrecognizable
    that gives you only a vague nostalgia in the tips of your fingers.
    flipping through the pages will never
    feel the same again.

    you will learn to love something new;
    your next favorite will teach you something about yourself
    you couldn't have found on your own.

    that's what books are supposed to do.


    3.
    just because what you love to do isn't a career path
    doesn't mean you shouldn't pursue it.
    get home from work and drop your bags to the floor
    and take canvas, shred it from white to gold
    to black
    to blue
    and back over again
    because this is what is inside of you.
    you cannot stop passion,
    it is impossible, the impossibility of pure humanity
    and you have to let it out somehow.

    it is who you are, and that's okay.
    don't let it slip away.


    4.
    remember who you are -
    but more certainly, who you are not.
    you will not forever be a seventeen-year-old
    with aspirations to be a physicist
    or a doctor
    just like you never retained that seven-year-old
    vigor to become a circusmaster.

    children understand that they have room to grow,
    but now you're grown and you think -
    this is it. i don't get a second chance, i have to decide now
    and i'm just going to tell you right here
    that that isn't the case, my friend.
    those shoes you are trying to fill will always be three sizes to big,
    but that's okay because that cat you had when you were five
    gave you the rest of its nine lives
    because it could see you'd need all the help you could get
    to fight your way to the top.

    you are never going to get to stop trying
    and there will always be something at which you need to succeed.
    but you have to remember that
    sometimes the only way over a problem is to retrace your steps.

    it's always better to find your way eventually
    than to never find it at all;
    and no matter what, it's going to be okay.


    5.
    it sucks, i know, but you have to forgive.
    never forget - the people who have nearly clawed your eyes
    out with words and meaningless mumbles
    have made you who you are today.
    shoving them from your mind will succeed in only
    tearing you further apart, and nobody wants that.
    i promise.

    you can't let the shadows of non-saviors
    be there to stop you from saving yourself; you can't let them win.
    remember what they have done but let it past you,
    be the rock in a river
    or whatever metaphor you need to pull yourself through this mess
    (because god knows, everyone needs something).

    you are stronger than you think,
    you have more power in your hands than they have in every word
    in spoken tongue, and you need to use it.
    pull yourself up and over them
    and know that that is enough.

    the answer will never be to lie down and take a hit;
    sometimes you have to hit back. humans don't always learn the first time around, and that's fine,
    it is, because that's what humanity is -
    and that's okay.
some things you have to learn on your own; especially the important ones.
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grand-ole-osprey Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Someone oughter spread this to the Facebook and the Twitter. I can't do it because I don't have any friends.
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for thinking so! I don't know what I would do if it got spread somewhere else, though, haha. 
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SummerLily24 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student Writer
I love this. The message is great, and  way in which you said it makes it all the more impactful.
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! I'm happy it speaks to you - that's the best thing a writer can hope for. :)
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SoulFire10 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully said, im about to cry, i'm going through a rough spot with friends and this was definitely something i needed to hear, thanks. :heart:
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Erknen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
 number six: What are taxes and how to pay them.
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
number seven: where am i supposed to get money again? 
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BlueEyesNorton Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my gosh lol
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HentaiChimp Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a pity and astonishing how much they don't teach you in the entire education from 5 to 25. It would be much better not going to school and just doing whatever the hell you feel like, if you ask me... but what should I know, I'm just a pervert chimp.
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skyfan33 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is the most inspiring thing I ever saw
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so happy to hear that. <3
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skyfan33 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Kirasel Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015
Okay, i really love this.  Especially the repetition - it's okay, that's okay.  Really made the last part more powerful - y'know, that it's okay to screw up and fall, because all you gotta do is stand up again.  I really love that.  I swear, I'm probably going to go back on this every time I feel like giving up, because this stuff is really inspirational. 
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so happy to hear that! I tried to use that repetition exactly in that way; because everyone messes up and there's nothing to be ashamed of from it. It really means a lot to me that this means so much to you - thank you. 
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Mollikka Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually, I think my highschool teachers explicitly taught 2,3 and 4. Or tried to, anyway. It's always good to take a moment to remember these, though!
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celtic-chrys Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015
Nice.
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Sollun Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
another thing they never seem to teach you in high school, how to cope and get over the many failures you run into life
over all though, i love this. its a pretty great peice!
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SN37 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
On #3, that reminds me of the dress that they spread on the Internet, I mean like wtf?! Man, what am I thinking, like I think that's basically black and blue instead of white and yellow. Is it just a brain game or someone is fooling social media around to seek attention... I mean, wtf?!

Nice poetry, by the way. :)
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ZeusThunderer Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
One thing I learnt from cartoons - Don't be like homer simpson, be like lisa simpson ;)
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danielmsekiwa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow wish I could have had that infor and that it could make sense when i was at high xool, but it didn't and it comes @ the right time
tru dat, we a'nt giving up lol!
 
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MenollySagittaria Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I learned #3 at high school, definitely!

#5 I learned during the high school years, even though primarily at church . . .

Aren't #2 and #4 kind of the same thing? 

I hope you are spreading this message to students in your real life, too. ^_^
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jokelily Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
That was... very heart-feeling, specially well all of them except the top one, i guess i haven't had those feelings hehe. But you made me cry, (happy cry) which doesn't happen much except in films.. I tip my hat to you. These kind of words should be read, heard more these days... I guess people just get too busy with meaningless things which society has made us follow into. :s ^_^ but hey ho. Thank you for the feels. shall start getting these into my head more often now.  
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm thrilled to hear I could have that kind of effect on you. I'm so happy you enjoyed it. I agree - not necessarily these words, but words like them are what people need to believe more. I wish you the best of luck. :hug:
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jokelily Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015
hehe ^_ ^  trust me there are specific paragraphs which are needed to be heard :3 but Thank you for the luck sharing too *flies away* 
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JayK47Victor9 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
If you forget you never learn, be strong.
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Indeed. 
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JayK47Victor9 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
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shep4life Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I really loved number two :)
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad to hear it. c:
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shep4life Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad you wrote it
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
<3
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Lolita-Artz Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work 01 by AStoKo  Heart by Digithalie   featured here  features of the week! Beautiful-Day by KmyGraphic  
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much!
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Lolita-Artz Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
your welcome!:)
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RedRoronoa Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning<3
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you so much. <3
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RedRoronoa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha no problem. :)
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Tates11 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Student Artist
The first poetry I've added in my favorites here in DA~

This is so inspiring
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm honored. <3
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LiHue-kun Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
perfect. just perfect. 
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
<3
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LiHue-kun Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love Love Love Love 
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ZorroPoro Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student Interface Designer
Thanks for this... I mean it.
It was what I needed, when I needed it.
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Then I'm happy it could be here for you. 
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scomodo Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Number 3 made me think of The Dress. ohgodwhyimsosorry

This is really lovely. Great work. :)
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heroined Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I THOUGHT I WAS ALONE WITH THIS XD
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colon-empire Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh my gosh me too lol!
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Pfft, you're fine - I've had a bunch of people tell me that, and it wasn't even supposed to be a reference! xD

Thank you so much, lovely. c:
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DaughterOfMaat Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Among the important lessons in life.
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Khaimin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
<3
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