For Jonathan and Shelika

It’s a time for change
but it wouldn’t have arrived
if we weren’t ready for it
I know how terrifying it is to teeter
between familiar ground
and the edge of the unknown
and even though it feels
as if people and beings
bigger than you
are pushing you closer
to the precipice
Don’t doubt for a moment
that it isn’t on your terms
Until you become reacquainted
with the fact
Feel

Feel the anger
and the frustration
the disappointment
and the sadness
the fear
and the uncertainty
Feel the betrayal
and the relief
the optimism
and the anxiety

Just
Feel

And then remember
your strong mind
and gentle heart
how far you’ve come
and everything
you’ve accomplished
along the way
Remember you are capable
and supported
and loved

And then plunge
into that unknown

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