After a while

After a while
Veronica A. Shoffstall

After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn’t mean leaning
and company doesn’t always mean security.

And you begin to learn
that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.

After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every goodbye, you learn…



  1. We all thought that we are strong but reality has a way to make us realize that there’s so much more to learn. The thing is, although we’ve fallen a thousand times, we’re still willing to get up and face the fact that we are weak against life and all its sad realities. By doing that, we realize that we are actually strong.

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  2. We all thought that we are strong, invincible people until life makes a curved move that will leave us speechless and makes us realize just how fragile we are in this world. However, our ability to stand up and accept failures and our willingness to change for the better because we realized how weak we actually are is the thing that shows just how strong of a person we really is. Because the bottomline in this life is that it is a mere game and that it’s up to us if we’re going to allow life to beat us.

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  3. Naive outlook in life makes us weak. We fail to realize things that we must be aware of. We easily attach ourselves from people who don’t deserve us. We waste our tears over something not worth of crying over. The bottom line is we fail. However, the ability to realize and accept those failures and the willingness to change for the better makes us strong despite of the hurdles life throw at us.

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  4. People tend to think that they understand a lot of things and everything is settled but the truth is, the world we are leaving in is full of uncertainty. People must be independent. Yes, man cannot survive alone but people should realize that they should not be depending too much to a person especially when you know that he or she could be gone in just a snap. Resiliency is an essential for everyone. Failing should not mean the end of one’s career or future. Hence, people should know who to get back up and continue striving.

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