It's terrifying to step out the bounds of our lives,
To step away from those limits we once believed,
from friends we cherished,
but sometimes we must.

Sometimes God has a different path for us,
One that feels impossible,
for we must leave so much behind.
One that feels lonely,
for no one sees the scars throbbing inside.
Being honest to ourselves is often the most painful path,
One we failed to acknowledge,
One we were made to be ashamed of,
so we hide and flight,
over and over,
repeat the infamous Merry-Go-Round.

And we mustn't blame ourselves,
for building walls and castles around us,
for shutting off emotions and feelings,
for assuring ourselves that we needed no one. 
Strong fortresses,
were once a necessity and the only remedy left,
to survive in a cruel world.

But sometimes the bravest thing we can do
is to admit that we are not strong enough,
Let those love us shoulder the burden
and support them, too. 
As a wise man once said,
'Be kind,
 As everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.'

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Posted by:Annabel

Just a woman who writes her heart out, unapologetically……

5 replies on “The Bravest Thing

  1. A lovely poem, dear Annabel. Indeed, it can be difficult to face our own inherent weaknesses in stepping outside our respective ‘comfort zones’ – to acknowledge both the need for, and subsequent acceptance of, such help from others. I especially appreciate your last line about battles. It reminds me of an anonymous story, “A lesson about friendship”, posted on my site which I think you might enjoy. Thank you for sharing, my friend.

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    1. Thank YOU for your kind comment, Phil! This specific poem was a turning point for my journey of growth. Raised in an environment that constantly demanded perfectionism and had no tolerance for ‘sentiments and vulnerability’, the seeds of trauma were sown. Asking for help was more difficult than fighting a dragon battle….

      I am grateful for your understanding and compassion. Will for sure check out the story and thanks for sharing!!

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