Yesterday, while I was putting away the holiday decorations, I went through a box of my old mementos and came across this poem. I believe I wrote this my freshman year of high school when I was heartbroken and scared. I felt it fit my 2022 New Year’s theme--Live in the Moment. Be kind to yourself.
Life has been remarkable and challenging along the way, but I think I need to remember just how resilient I am. I know some statements in this piece appear to show my disappointment or frustration, but in the end, when I look back, the struggles I was dealing with at the time did not crush me; they strengthened me. And as time marches on, I need to remind myself to just keep moving forward because better days are always within sight if we remain focused on positivity.
I did add and change a few words from the original poem while keeping its integrity.
Just For Today, I Will…
Just for today, I will wear a smile and see the light of the world.
Just for today, I will talk only of good and forget there’s even a bad.
Just for today, I will reach a goal and be proud that I succeeded.
Just for today, I will wear a heart and throw away my horns.
Just for today, I will be flexible and not worry about things I should have done.
Just for today, I will live life fully and forget about yesterday’s struggles.
Just for today, I will remain happy and not let my temper get away.
Just for today, I will look and feel my best and sparkle like the stars above.
Just for today, I will live for today because the yesterday’s are gone and the tomorrow’s are not here.
Just for today, I will forget the past and live a better day, for the future is already set.
Just for today, I will remember I’m me because no one else can make today seem better but me!
By Rebecca Thein ©