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June 16th, 2009 (08:40 pm)

In some ways, growing up is awesome. In others, not so much.

I've been where you are,
and I've gone where you'll be.
And I know how you feel: there's the whole world to see.
But you can't see it all. Just take it from me.
I've been where you are,
and I've gone where you'll be.

I've done what you've done,
and I've done what you'll do.
The mistakes that you'll make -- well, I've made them too,
but you can't learn from mine, so for you they're all new.
I've done what you've done,
and I've done what you'll do.

I was who you are,
and now I'm who you'll be.
Your photograph album is my memory.
Look at you. How'd you grow up to be me?
I was who you are,
and now I'm who you'll be.

I've met who you've met,
I knew people you'll know.
And some you should keep, and others let go,
and you'll get it wrong, kid. I told you so.
I've met who you've met,
I knew people you'll know.

But you're you, and you're there,
And I'm me, and I'm here.
And I haven't been you for many a year.
If you knew what I know -- ah, but you had no fear,
but you're you, and you're there,
and I'm me, and I'm here.

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Posted by: Abigail Lynn (abigailynn)
Posted at: June 17th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
Alone

I don't know if I can put my finger on exactly why, but this resonated deeply with me. It really evokes the bitter-sweet feeling of looking back over where you've been--who you've become.

Well done.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 17th, 2009 01:37 pm (UTC)

Or who you could have, but didn't. Thanks.

(I think the thing I miss about being young was the unshakable confidence that OF COURSE things would turn out all right when I grew up. Now I get here and find out that grown-ups were just winging it all along.)

Posted by: stalkere (stalkere)
Posted at: June 18th, 2009 11:35 am (UTC)

Nice work.

When you're 20, it's "Question authority"

When you're 30, it's "Question Authority and the authorities will question you."

When you're 50, suddenly you realize, YOU are the Authority!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: June 21st, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)

And then you say, "OH GOD."

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