BY CHAMBERLAIN DRE.
The hardest part of getting old is dealing with regrets.
Accepting there’s no going back, one chance is all I get.
Facing dreams that I once had that never came true.
Knowing they can’t be achieved and there’s nothing now to do.
Recalling choices that I made that changed my life.
Times when I retreated when I should have stood to fight.
People that I pushed away, who only meant me well,
While holding on to the ones who made my life a hell.
Devoting all my energy to the work I did each day,
While investing little in myself as my own life slipped away.
Not working hard on friendships, solely working on making money by any means possible.
This is not me speaking; this is my crushed head wishing it lived in laxity.
If I had to do it all again, it wouldn’t be the same.
I’d live my life more for myself; my priorities would change.
I would reach out more to others who had tried to pull me close.
And cherish those who cared for me the most.
I would not accept hurt or abuse but demand love and respect.
I’d nurture those parts of myself that I tended to neglect.
I would hope to have at least one child who I’d teach and guide through life.
Who would hopefully look up to me and treasure my advice.
A son that runs to me when he feels lost, confused, and out of touch with his young roots.
My parents prayed for excellent children; not houses, cars, or things.
In the end, what matters the most is one’s happiness – where’s yours?
But as for all the time I lost and the things that I can not change,
I have to let it go for good and focus on the time that now remains.
For there are no second chances; this is the life I made.
But I pray that by my being here, I’ve made a difference in some way.
I’d rise again.
About The Writer: Chamberlain Dre is a final year student at Abuja University, Nigeria. He is a spoken word artist and a rapper. He specializes in writing articles, poetry, scripted plays, short stories, and prose works. Instagram @chamberlaindre_ |Twitter @ chamberlaindre4 |Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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