I’ve chased happiness

I’ve chased success,

Anything from making me feel depressed

I’ve suppressed my joy,

Allowed me to feel a void, hoping to find my voice

Away from family, away from friends,

seeking a sense of validation, a pat on the shoulder, a sign of appreciation

Like a child’s relationship with its parents,

I have learned to trust

Like a dog’s endless affection,

I have learned to love

Like the elephant’s calm and collected temperament,

I have regained my confidence

I am ready…

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