After A While by Veronica A. Shoffstall

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 always 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 ahead
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
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn…

 

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Love

It’s not that people can’t love you if you don’t love yourself. It’s that you won’t feel it because it’ll always seem like you don’t deserve it.

 

 

 

 

Letters to JZ – Part 39: Thoughts

Nothing in life will call upon us to be more courageous than facing the fact that it ends, but on the other side of heartbreak is wisdom.

 

 

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Letters to JZ – Part 38: Thoughts

At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.

 

 

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Letters to JZ – Part 37: Thoughts – Deborah Reber

“Letting go doesn’t mean that you don’t care about someone anymore. It’s just realizing that the only person you really have control over is yourself.”

– Deborah Reber

 

 

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Letters to JZ – Part 36: Thoughts

Don’t let the mixed signals fool you. Indecision is a decision.

 

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Letters to JZ – Part 35: Thoughts

Why is everyone so obsessed with the idea of love?

If you’re dying to be hurt so badly, I’ve got a baseball bat for that.

 

 

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