I guess growing up for me is…

Realizing your heroes are flawed and human in every way…

Leaving someone who is abusive and harmful to you…even when a part of you longs to stay.

Knowing you can’t change anyone but yourself, when you’re the only one who can ask and accept outside help.

Forgiving someone who isn’t sorry for their wrongs, knowing they too needed love but couldn’t find it for far too long.

Putting away your pride to embrace your own humility, understanding the most beautiful people and love are cherished for what the eyes cannot fully see…

Knowing the difference between love and fear, embracing both the joy, laughter, despair, and endless tears.

Embracing all the emotions you could ever feel, letting go of the fantasy to fall in love with what is imperfect and real.

Loving someone at a distance when it’s too hard to hold them close, grieving and healing from the loss of what you valued and treasured the most.

Finding love in everything and everyone…in lessons and in pain, helping others when you have absolutely nothing personally to gain.

Abandoning the need to prove a point and win an argument when you want to, knowing how to take a break, care for yourself when the time is long over due.

Still I have so much more to learn…

The love in me finding a home, the life returned.

Posted by:Lauren Kim

🦋 I write my own stories, breathing in life & love by my heart's endless daydreams.

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