THE POEM THAT SAVED MY LIFE

I cry when I read this because it honestly changed my life. It was my mantra as I emerged from a 9 month long depression and learned to love myself again.
  1. the year of letting go,
  2. of understanding loss. grace.
  3. of the word 'no' and also being able to say
  4. 'you are not kind.'
  5. the year of humanity/humility.
  6. when the whole world couldn't get out of bed.
  7. everyone i've meant this year says the same thing,
  8. 'you are so easy to be around, how do you do that?'
  9. the year i broke open and dug out all the rot with my own hands.
  10. the year i learnt small talk.
  11. and how to smile at strangers.
  12. the year i understood that i am at my best when I reach out and ask
  13. 'do you want to be my friend?'
  14. the year of sugar, everywhere. softness. sweetness. honey honey.
  15. the year of being alone, and learning how much i like it.
  16. the year of hugging people i don't know, because i want to know them.
  17. the year i made peace and love,
  18. right here.
  19. —Warsan Shire
  20. Happy World Poetry Day.
  21. Keep fighting.
  22. You are worth it.