Thank you for stars and birthday candles
and their inability to make wishes come true.
Thank you for disease and miracles
and hope for finding a cure.
Thank you for scars
and the stories that come with them.
Thank you for fireflies
and their ability to light the way,
highlighting summers of an all-American childhood
and teaching us to chase after what we want most.
Thank you for the “friends” who stab us in the back,
teaching us that the only one we can ever really trust
Thank you for the failures
that make us appreciate our accomplishments.
Thank you for bubbles
and the way that they remind us of the fragility of the universe —
how everything can be gone in an instant.
Thank you for the supporters
as much as the nonbelievers
who gave us something to prove.
Thank you for the followers
who gave us the chance to lead.
Thank you for society’s twisted ways
giving us expectations to shatter.
Thank you for white butterflies —
their wings absent of color,
reminding us to appreciate the pureness in simplicity.
Thank you for the crazy teachers
and their accidentally inspirational ways.
Thank you for the humbleness that comes with the absence of money.
Thank you for the people who give us reasons to smile
on bad days.
Thank you for the contradictions that enhance the truth.
Thank you for ripped seams
reminding us that there are some things that just cannot be contained.
Thank you for false hope
and staircases that lead to nowhere
reminding us that sometimes,
the climb is the only thing that matters.
Thank you for Hello Kitty Band-aids
and their ability to heal
even the deepest wounds.
Thank you for blue slurpees
and the way that they stain our lips and teeth,
revealing our weakness in the face of temptation.
Thank you for innocence
and the truth that shatters it.
Thank you for sunset,
reminding us that sometimes
endings are the most beautiful part.
Thank you for everything,
and all of the lessons that come along the way.