After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning
And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
And with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child
And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrows ground is too uncertain for your plans.
After a while you learn that even sunshine
Burns if you have too much.
So plant your own garden and decorate
Your own soul instead of waiting for
Someone to bring you flowers.
And you will learn that you really can endure,
That you really are special
And that you really do have worth
So live to learn and know yourself
In doing so, you will learn to live.