In today’s world, there is so much chaos and insecurity. I will keep my sense of self, even if everyone else is conforming. It is easy to be scared of not being “perfect” and being judged, but I will still stay strong to who I am. I will take my dreams into my hands.


It's peculiar

The world and ALL its sorrows
Frittered away by detail
The insanity crept up on us slowly
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Am I too outspoken?
I'm frozen with fear
This territory goes uncharted
There is no constant

Years have elapsed
I won’t go as a passenger
I have my name
Let me call myself

Oh, outcast of all outcasts
When the clouds hang oppressively low
Trust thyself
Whoso would be a man MUST be a nonconformist

Hush now
Something all your own is very freeing
Do not wish
Fall into a dream

Have a voice of gladness
A happy voyage
It's hard to show everyone who you truly are
I'm happy to be a part of it
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