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Words From A Poet: Life Will Get Gritty But You Can't Fall Weak To It

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May 27 2022, Published 1:35 p.m. ET

This piece of art from Tyler doesn't need much of an introduction. In this poem, he dives into the depths of anxiety and the thoughts that prevail. However, he concludes it with positivity, emphasizing the strength required to fight those emotional battles and come out on top.

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You Decide Who You Are Defined As

I have too much anxiety thinking of the future

I have too many heartbreaks in need of a suture

If I keep living like this, man I know I’m going to lose it

If this life doesn’t change up for me man I know I won’t make it

I’m done being blind & complacent

Why can’t I feel my heart in sync with my gut when it’s adjacent

I have a lot to say with this breath so I can’t waste it

But I need someone to listen

I need someone to love me without them judging me

I need someone to really hold me not just hug me

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Don’t pat me on the back, I don’t need advice, I just need this life to cut me some slack, while this brain sits in pain that can’t contain these deep thoughts when I’ve hit this peak of being weak

Which makes it hard to see when I feel like I’m about to crack

When I talk to someone about it I just end up feeling attacked

& I think it’s quite sad that our society doesn’t realize how to love unconditionally

They don’t know how to open up with authenticity

They would all rather stay in a dark place where compassion is blinding

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There are no distractions to help me get past this

It’ll always be difficult being more comfortable the more I move fast

Even if I crash & I know it’s destructive when this depression keeps getting in my way it’s disruptive & it gets pretty hard for me to cope with

I got to cut myself free from being all roped in

It’s exhausting to always feel lost

But I really don’t have the wealth that it takes to be found, I can’t afford that type of cost

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This anxiety keeps making this heartbeat so loud as it tries to untie the restraints that are abound

It’s not okay that everything I say feels unheard like nobody cares or like I’m some sort of burden that needs to go away

Well okay that’s great, I guess now I’ll just listen & finally fade away, see you want me to go when I just want to stay

I just wish there were words that could express all of this...but I don’t think anybody can hear me screaming from the bottom of this abyss

So if I ever want to be heard, then I need to get a grip & climb out of this darkness

If I ever want to really get over all of this

Because I refuse to drown in self pity

Yeah life will get gritty

You just got to be willing

to stand up

While taking all this pain & suffering

& use all those bruises to keep on moving

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& use all those bruises to keep on moving

& take what you’ve proven to be true right inside of you & remember...

Whatever they say...their words will never define you...because you define yourself & that’s something no one can ever take away

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