To My Younger Self

Drawing, a long road through a red soil desert, toward a red sky. Caption reads: “The road’s not at an end, you’ll go much farther.”
To my Younger Self poem by Iris Carden

Life is hard right now, and it will get harder,
but the road’s not at an end, you’ll go much farther.
You have been told you are weak and a fool,
no-one can care about someone like you,
no-one could care, or value your heart,
but really you are strong, resilient, and smart.
Right now you feel you are broken,
and can’t remember a kind word spoken.
Those critical voices of the past will never leave 
but, with work, you will learn to make them behave.
You can learn to recognise the lies you’re sold
understand you are not what you’ve been told.
To make the future better than the past,
you need to learn to love yourself at last.
When you learn to meet some of your own needs,
not sacrifice yourself for others’ greed,
you’ll learn you are more capable than you know.
Given the chance, you’ll grow and grow.
Your anxious life will finally find calm
when you free yourself of those who do you harm.
Eventually, you’ll discover friends who are true,
who’ll love you, just for being you.
But to leave this past and find that new,
the first person to love you must be you.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


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