After Awhile

Author Unknown

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, with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today
Because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans.

After a while you learn that the even sunshine burns If you get too much.

So plant your own garden and decorate your own 
Soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.