My Greatest Regrets

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All the times I held back

All the times I chose not to live loudly

so as not to attract attention;

All the times I silenced my own voice,

stifled my own expression, 

sat still instead of danced, 

thought instead of spoke,

let pride & ego reign over full on freedom;

All the times I was less than myself 

for the sake of:

others,

comfort,

safety,

a false & shallow self-made perception of myself from the outside in.

These are my greatest regrets.

2/15/19