“Some Biting Advice for a Friend”

Find ways to measure yourself without numbers.
Life isn’t about how many times
You raised your hand in class.
Or how many shots you can take in an hour.
Or how many languages you can speak.

Don’t weigh yourself in grade points.
Or Facebook likes.
Or credit hours.
Pull yourself up without knocking others down.

You are not the only person who is busy.
Don’t act like it.

Don’t expect anyone to jump in
To save you from the water you spilled.
I am not a lifeboat and you are not a stone.

Give yourself credit, but quietly.

– P.B.


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