birthday

I am 19 years old today

the sky is gray and cloudy

my mind is unusually clear

I am not alone

birthday wishes flood my phone

for the first time all year, I feel loved

I feel important

I feel like a human being

beautiful and unstoppable

and for the first time, as I think

of my past and look at my present and walk into my futures arms

I think to myself

“this isn’t so bad.”

for the first time, I am truly grateful

I am truly blessed

It is on my 19th birthday

that I decide to become myself

 

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