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Learn to Forgive Yourself: A Poem

Learn to forgive Child You, 

For all their mistakes and screw-ups,

For all their naïveté and innocence

 

Learn to forgive Teen You,

For all their "phases" and false faces

For all their cruel words to themselves and dark thoughts that taint the world

 

Learn to forgive Present You,

For all our unforgiving ways and ill-advised actions,

For not wanting a future and forgetting the past

 

Learn to forgive Future You,

For all the mistakes and screw-ups they will make,

For all their practicality and apathy

 

When you learn to forgive,

You learn to accept.

 

And when you can finally accept all versions of You-

That is when you will truly know yourself.

The thread that connects all those stories together,

That is your true name.