It had taken her hours to find the keys.
The shed had been locked for more than ten years.
It was filled with tools and mowers and shears,
Nothing of use, until this day bloomed.
She wiped away pain along with her tears
As she fervently searched for the rusty old can.
The cap was tricky to prise from the top,
But she needed to do this, they all had to see.
Tears weren’t enough to show what she felt,
They wouldn’t dredge up the love that she needs.
She emptied the can, until she was drenched.
She smiled as she thought of the shock they would feel,
Of the kind words they’d say when she became dust.
She struck her one match, closing her eyes.
It didn’t take long for the fire to take hold.
Flames licking up over her head,
Becoming a torch, a warning to all
That people won’t rush to save those that choose
To make their own dark and devilish mess.
They’ll watch as she burns, down to the ground
Shaking their heads at the terrible waste.
She could have had quite the incredible story.
If only she’d needed far less attention
She wouldn’t have gone out in a blaze of glory.
I know so many people who seem to chase drama. While I was drinking I was one of them. I always needed somebody to be feeling sorry for me or to be jealous of me or to be in awe of me. I didn’t know how to just be.
I see so many people who are on that same destructive path, just inventing things to make people look in their direction. I wouldn’t be surprised if they did something really dangerous one day. And the sad thing is that they are so wrapped up in themselves that they don’t seem to realise people will only care about them for a limited time. Eventually we will be forgotten, so we need to savour the moment for our own benefit.
Therapy has taught me that I am enough on my own. I don’t need other people to tell me that I’m good or that I’m nice, I’m learning to know that from the inside. And I hope that the people I see needing this validation can find some peace. I hope that they can learn to live with themselves and that they don’t end up reaching some of the dark places I went to in my journey.
Take care of yourself and know that you are loved by God. Unfortunately people will let you down so don’t put your future happiness in people alone. Enjoy your time in the world, be nice and don’t chase likes and followers (there’s far more to life than those arbitrary numbers).