Resist the urge to listen
to those who try to tell you
who you should be;
you know yourself better
than anyone could.
But also resist the urge to be deaf
for there are things about you
you only learn through someone else.
Resist the urge to be hard
for in softness lies formidable strength.
But also resist the urge to be too soft,
for there are times when you should not yield
times when you should put yourself first.
Resist the urge to be selfish;
you must learn to share parts of yourself
if you are to establish genuine connection.
But also, resist the urge to be too selfless
there are some things you must keep only to yourself;
these are the things you cannot afford to lose.
Resist the urge to be stuck
we are made to evolve, to eclipse ourselves.
But also resist the urge to give in to everything
for a person needs an inner compass that will stand firm
despite all the ways it is being challenged
Resist the urge to be safe
you don’t get to live life twice.
Drink in as much of it as you can.
But also, resist the urge to live without stability.
Carve out a life for yourself
that you don’t have to escape from.
And most of all, resist the urge to think when you must feel
for there are moments that can only be understood when felt.
But also, resist the urge to be driven by irrationality.
You are more capable than you think.
You are not a prison.
You can master yourself.