I am only a child

 

 

I am only a child,

a student,

simply another girl in this society

but yet i am expected to be so much more.

I am expected to be smart,

independent

athletic

pretty

and

popular..

Stressing.

For I am only a child.

 

I struggle to be top of my class

and fail.

I am not good enough

I am not smart enough

I cannot handle this stress

I cannot handle this anxiety

I cannot handle these migraines
 

I struggle to be the best player

and fail.

I am not good enough

I am not fast enough

I am not impulsive

I am not skilled.

 

I want to be pretty

and i fail.

I do not get enough sleep

I do not have the energy

and above that

I cannot afford mac

I cannot afford sephora

 

I want to be popular

and fail.

I do not have time

I do not have energy

I am not social

 

I am only a student

I am only sixteen

I am only one of 7.3 billion

I am only a child.

 

but yet at this age i am expected to be so much more.

 

I am supposed to be valedictorian

I am supposed to be tough

I am supposed to be independent

I am supposed to be popular

I am supposed to have a job

and worst of all

I am supposed to look like a model

 

How..

 

How can I possibly be all of that

and still be mentally sane…

 

I can’t..
 

I should be allowed to mess up

I should be allowed to be weak

I should be allowed to be shy

I should be allowed to be..

to be ME.

 

For i am only a child,

replaceable and just like any other.

This poem is about: 
Me
My community
Our world
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