Be aware

Don’t let others decide who you are
You aren’t deserving of their pressure
Stay true to you in all you do
Otherwise you may be questioning all you once knew

Don’t take hold to rigorous pain
An addiction to anything can leave you insane
The need you feel is nothing but illusion
You’re better off coming to a different conclusion

Don’t push away those who care
Unless you’re willing to accept the dare
Being left alone in silence you’ll never win
And it’s hard to rekindle trust again

Don’t wonder too far off of the path
Especially if you want a comfortable life to last
The wrath that waits to ambush someone who is lost
Isn’t worth the distraction nor the cost

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Decades

Three vastly different journeys
Each life is something truly unique
Two approaching and one beginning
The third and fourth with plenty of planning

One has started his third set
The other approaching that same set
Myself, I’m ending the era of the twenties
Approaching the years that will now begin with a three

My two oldest nephews, one who is twenty the other eighteen
So close in age, but experiencing vastly different scenes
As the one begins this next set of ten, we’ll see if he truly is a gentlemen
The other nearing that realm of adulthood has a lot of choices waiting ahead

Three lives in different significant states
All with sights on the future ahead to be great
We all have a link to which we can relate
However the way we carry ourselves differs on this date

Each of us encountering a difference in circumstance
With our lives having significantly different plans
Everyone experiences this with those they hold dear
As you hope the best for them as well as yourself each and every year

They say these years are still considered young
However what ultimately develops before it’s all said and done
Comes from these years that society tries to paint are for fun
Importance of improving our knowledge should be at the forefront to obtain further wisdom

The lives ahead for each of us
Need to be lived in a way that’s a plus
The negativity all around is more than enough
We three will hopefully continue to rise above

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