who I am

10 things I’ve learned in high school:

1. No one cares if you look like shit.

2. There isn’t one “school wide bully” that terrorizes the school and steals lunch money.

3. You’ll fall in love. A lot.

4. You’ll get heartbroken. A lot.

5. Your teachers are there to help you. They care about you, don’t shut them out.

6. No one. And I mean NO ONE. is going to pressure you to do drugs or drink. They don’t care.

7. More people understand what you’re going through than you think.

8. You’ll change your image a lot. By the end, you still won’t have yourself figured out.

9. People come in and out of your life. Don’t try to stop life from happening.

10. People are more focused on whether you will see their flaws, than seeing yours. Be confident.

—  learn to love yourself along the way

I am the hot shower
that runs too long
and cold cups of coffee
set aside and forgotten,
I make stains
and keep you awake for days.
I am the itch between ribs
expanding, subsiding, minimizing.
I am the rust on cheap jewelry
that you refuse to throw away.

But this,
this is bigger than I am.

—  Michelle K., My Doctor Wants Me to Define Myself.