Sharing this for all the young people in our wee town of Ballymena and beyond. Has there ever been a time in history where it was harder to journey the teenage years? Today's plague of self-rejection and mental health challenges surely comes from the constant bombardment of perfect lives and perfect images all over our media. The drain of our young peoples confidence through their endless comparison. Young person you are a beautiful rose full of uniqueness, beauty and power.
I rise and fall with their words and looks, blown by their wind and scornful quips. My heart exposed, it longs for home, it longs for love yet harbours groans. When I hear kind words I fill inside, yet words hurt deep and my spirit cries. I rise, I fall, I bloom and retreat. Through words that are lethal and words that are sweet. You look, you smile and my heart says yes but when you turn I’m a fallen mess. I rise, I fall just like a sponge. I’m filled, I’m squeezed until I’m