they say we are world changers // a poem

6:00 AM

In the wake of graduation, I've had a lot on my mind and heart. I wrote this poem earlier this week and thought I'd share it with you guys. Remember: it's okay to let yourself not be absolutely amazing. You're right where you need to be, and the big things will come in time. Let yourself find your feet first. <3

they say we are world changers
destined for greatness
we have the earth stretched before us
and the wind at our backs.
nothing is unattainable
so everything should be seized
no holding back, they say
make a difference
step out and become
what you were meant to be.

they ask where we're going
what our plans are
what we've accomplished
and when we don't answer quickly
they tell us
all the things we've tried to forget
how we've got plenty of time to figure it out
(so why do you keep asking?)
how it'll all come together
and they're sure it will be soon.
there's always tomorrow
(but what if there isn't?)
and there'll be a chance to
make a difference then.

they wonder what our plans are
what we aspire to
and I think why?
their eyes watch as
I fill out those college applications
and scholarship forms
somehow all that I do and have done
it just isn't enough
it will never be enough

but this is what we think.

we say
the world is massive.
why are you urging us to be the ones to change it?
we haven't really found our place in the world yet
we're new at this thing called life.
yes, I want to be a world changer
but can you stop looking at me?
I just stepped out my door
and now
the world is out before me
the largest thing I've ever seen.
I don't know it very well yet
so what makes anyone think i'm ready
or up to changing it?
I barely know what I'm doing
I barely know who I am
much less the world.

we ask
what more do you expect of us?
what will make you happy?
tell me
I'm dying to know
what the perfect new adult looks like to you
and once you begin your speech
I will wait for you to stumble
over your elegant description
when you realize this person you're describing
doesn't exist
cannot exist.
you formed an image in your mind
of us being
what you never were.
why do you think we can be perfect
when you could not?
we're all people,
aren't we?

we wonder
how much time do we have
before our chance is gone?
they say we are world changers
but they say nothing about themselves.
are they too old now?
too tied down?
too busy, too involved?
has their chance to make a difference come and gone?
will ours go, too?

they say we are world changers,
but how can we change a world we don't know?
they call us to action
but how can we act before we know what to act on?
there's so much left to see and learn
there's so much left to know
and the pressure is
building building building
nothing we do feels right anymore because
we're so small
nothing's changing
why aren't I making a difference?

oh, my friends.
I've heard it said
(not by me)
and I will say it to you now;
it's okay if you only change one person's world
and it's okay if that person is you.


Do you have any thoughts? Have you struggled with all the well meaning questions people ask you? 


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  1. I love this!!! <3 It's beautifully written, and something I definitely can relate to. People like to say to graduating students "you're the future", but aren't we all?

    1. Exactly! And it puts the fear in the back of our minds that once we reach a certain age, we won't be capable anymore, and our lives won't have meaning or some garbage thoughts like that :P SQUELCH IT!

  2. Wow yes. Those conversations used to annoy me to no end! Good job putting the frustration into words, and all the best with life after graduation, whatever it holds for you! :)

    1. Aw, thank you! I try not to get annoyed but it's really hard sometimes :P Having vented my thoughts on paper helped a bit!

  3. Great poem! Thank you for sharing!

  4. This poem is so beautiful. I needed to say that from the first couple of lines, but that ending just blew me away.
    "it's okay if you only change one person's world
    and it's okay if that person is you."
    I feel this so often, especially now that I make writing my profession. It's like there's always this pressure to do something more, to be something more, like people are waiting for me to be more than I am. Your poem captures those feelings PERFECTLY.

  5. This is also my favorite line.

    "it's okay if you only change one person's world
    and it's okay if that person is you."
    Perfect line for the perfect writer!


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