In this cruel lonely world,
One filled with great suffering and endless pain.
What am I living for?
What is my purpose?

Everyone is heading somewhere;
Where am I going?
They all have their paths.
But what about mine?
I don’t know where I’ll end up
Along my path

People tell us to not lose ourselves along the way,
“You have time, be patient and don’t rush”
Lost and clueless
I can’t help myself-

They tell me to understand,
Growth is a process.
I’ll eventually get somewhere.

But self-worth can’t be transferred.
I’m not like you-
I’m myself!
And no one else.
Someday I will learn.
One day, along my path...

--Emily L., 7th-8th Grade