To the Modern Rebel
Just know that you will be challenged
by people who think they know your field better than you do,
by people who never want to see the clear picture,
by people who refuse to admit that they are afraid.
Know that you will lose many a battle
and that you will frighten many a friend,
that ice may burn and fire may freeze
before you are successful,
and that some days it’ll feel like it.
But the rest of us,
we will sit in our one-bedroom apartments
scathing our tongues on hot ramen noodles,
wishing for hours and days on end
that we could be you.
How unfortunate is it that there are so many of us
and so few of you?
But just remember to do as we say
and not do as we do:
be the person
that we all wake up in the morning
saying that we’ll be,
until the long day grinds us down to none.
And know that the universe
supports you every step of the way…
Because the living were never born to sit still
and wait for the future to come.