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I’m Completely Burned Out, But You Drove Me To This…

It was your job to give me my inner voice - so why did you keep hammering it in all the time - "hard work always pays!"?

You said
“Hard work pays
Off!”

So

Growing up
From the very nascent years
I followed through
It
I kept working hard
Despite things getting
Complicated
Difficult
Toxic
I sustained and persevered
As much as I could
Only to one day witness
Hard work paying
Off
Better,
Better for a
Beautiful future

Up until

Today’s day and age
When I feel all
Burned out
Turned to all
Smoke and ashes

Who do I blame
Today
That I failed
In understanding your
Old saying

And

Who would tell
ME about big
Words like
Self-belief and
Self-esteem
That are also
Required!

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When I was struggling
Behind the thick bars
Of your grades and
Good marks
I was struggling
With critical
Outside voice
That said
Otherwise

When all I needed
Were six simple words
Go
Out
And
Play your heart out!

Image source: a still from the series Average Ambili

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