Confliction Conflicting feelings, thoughts, ideas Apologizing for being a burden (even to myself) I’m trying to teach myself that logically, I am not a burden Anyone who says so isn’t needed in my life But after having these thoughts For so long And so often There’s no treasure map or instructions, Just a blank piece of paper saying Start from scratch’ How the hell do you start from scratch at 22 years old? I don’t want to let go of everything I’m scared. Will I ever truly be happy? I’ve tried finding the happiness in the small things Like my cat cleaning his toes But it only lasts a second before being swallowed Swallowed, not necessarily by sadness But from emptiness Acceptance (Confliction Part 2) I am so accepting of others, When will it be time to accept myself? Breathing air into who I want to be, and who I am... I am not a burden. I am allowed to take up space. My breath is full of love, My heart is tender yet strong. It’s okay to start anew, Accepting myself for all of me And sure, there’s no map or instructions That’s why I listen to my heart, Use my wise mind Allow myself to sit in the uncomfort, Allow myself to feel To be. To exist To survive. I will thrive.