The Other Side
I tell you these things
Not to show you that I am happier,
But to show you that I am now free.
Dancing in the light
I hold out my hand to you,
Not because I have something to prove,
But because not long ago I was standing in your shoes,
Because I know what it feels like
To be lost in the middle of the sea
Without any shore in sight,
All those nights I was so very tired,
Swimming against currents and rip tides,
All those days I didn't feel like I would make it.
But to stand here now,
To look back out on the water, I am proud,
This was the hardest thing I have ever had to do.
And so, I know that it is hard for you, too,
Maybe even more so than it was for I,
But my darling, now that I have made it to the other side,
I am here to tell you
That the pain becomes irrelevant when you have finished the fight,
That I believe in you, that you can do this,
Let go of your fear, throw your arms open and turn your face to the light,
For there will come a point in time
You will look back and realize,
This was all so very worth it.