I laugh to myself; Although, others can hear. Surrounded by outer beauty, all trying to shine. Faces starring at phones unwilling to connect, to one another. Connecting through an artificial world. A world they paint for you to see, partially real. A shell of an idea. The struggle to climb to the top. Years of rejection. All for that moment to do what you love. To bare your soul for all to see. Hoping they can embrace you, so you can make a difference. I stand in my nakedness. Can you see me? You have no idea the layers that lie within. No idea what it took to get to this very moment. To stand amongst the dark crowd, with my soul exploding with light. A light that comes from, none other then, He. We all have a story. We all have a struggle. Some of you might feel alone, like no one gets you. I, too, have been broken. Tested in ways I could have never imagined. Yet I’m here. My heart beats, my palms sweat and this might be the beginning of so much more. This very moment is all I have. I will smile bright, to show warmth to another. I will make the best of my life. So much more to do, so much more to see. All you have to do is open your heart and eyes; and take that first step to living with joy in your heart no matter how bad is gets.

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