I am from watching and learning
and watching my brothers grow up
while I was in diapers.
I am from rough and tumble
From dead end baseball
the land of skinned knees
and having adventures.
I am from patty cake in the hallways
I am composed of shared lunches
with school friends.
I am from daydreaming, softball, and dirty hands.
I am from pollypockets with my little sister
and fashion shows with homemade purses.
I am from wearing dresses to church,
never skipping a Sunday.
I am from do what you're told or else.
I am from obey me or I'll kick you.
I am from changing myself to fit in.
I am from loving children
and reading up past midnight.
I am from you can't hang out with us.
I am from talking to strangers
from not caring what others think I am
from trying to find the truth.
I am from never being able to sit still
I am of drumming.
From can't you think like us
to I like the way you think.
I am from a wealth of maturity
and not enough freedom.
I am from asking too many questions
I am from challenging the expected
from exceeding through patience
and hard work.
I am from watching and waiting.
I am from crying myself to sleep
I am from laughing until I cry
I am from being afraid of the dark
and people twisting my words.
I am from wishing tomorrow would never come
and from wishing I wouldn't be here when it does.
I am from not knowing
and from knowing too much.
I'm from trying new things
and staying up way too late.
From nights with drunken friends
to a drunken night with friends.
I am who I am
And I will not apologize.