The Great Big Lie
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I sit here today as an adult.. Well, close to an adult, I mean 18 is still the legal age right? Okay, lemme come back. I sit here today and I realize that they all lied, all the people who sold adulthood to us. The movies that told you that you could touch the sky once you’re grown up. Your mother who said “don’t worry, it’ll get better once you’re older.” Your father who said “grow up big and strong.” Well I’m not big and God knows I’m as far from strong as I can get. As for wiser, well let’s not even go there. School’s harder. Your emotions don’t obey you. Everyone thinks you should be superman because you’re now in the university. They expect you to dress better, be happier and generally look like a toothpaste advert. And that is no small feat!
Oh and news flash they all LIED about everything!!!
The higher you go the simpler it becomes they said? I was doing long division then, no one mentioned La Place Transforms and Fourier Series. They said “yea,when you’re older you’ll be prettier” nobody mentioned soceity’s idea of beauty. “You’ll have a fairytale wedding” well, that one’s funny because no one mentioned the economy.
But we believed the lies, we try to live them and we’re miserable because no one can live a lie.
They say “enjoy life while you’re young. But BEING young is touted as wrong in some way.
So we’re torn between the things that come naturally to us and the things we’re supposed to do. Everybody is stifled and frustrated. Everyone keeps secrets and feels more alone everyday because these people who lied also judge you. Yes, they give you labels and they don’t know your story. Your parents write the script of your life, you act the drama, and heaven help those who don’t follow the script. They say “be yourself” every time, but they want to define you.
But there’s something they forgot to teach though, they forgot to tell you that all fingers are not equal and that you may not always touch the sky, but it feels good to stare too. That you will fall in love and get your heart broken. You’ll fall out of the wagon of your faith sometimes and loose touch with God, and that’s okay because his love is unconditional. That some people will just dislike you and there’s nothing you can do about it. That all around you, your peers will get respect for doing the wrong things. And that your reward for doing the right thing will be mostly a clear conscience and nothing else.
They don’t tell you that you should remember to always smile, because you don’t own all the problems in the world. And then the one bitter truth no one tells you is that you eventually figure out on your own…the fact that it hardly ever gets better. There’s no sunshine. Not for long anyway, but there’s a rainbow. They don’t tell you, but you’ll figure it out sooner or later. You’ll find that life is not about waiting for the sun to shine.. Its about learning to dance in the rain and that’s your rainbow and that’s all that matters in the END.
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