Poetry of Stephanie Bennett Henry

Saving the World

The biggest lesson you can learn is that no one is going to live your life for you.  No one is going to do everything for you.  Ever. This is crucial to understand because no matter where you come from or how you were raised, your life is up to you. It’s in your hands. Maybe there will always be people catching pieces you drop, or bracing your fall, but in the end, it’s your call. You can go anywhere you want. You can do anything you want. But you have to get there on your own. No one is going to pave the roads, love, and sometimes, most of the time, those roads are rough. You have to learn to brace yourself, catch yourself, applaud for yourself. You take the road to where you want to go and do the work to stay, without looking back at anything behind you.  Eyes forward.  Dreams don’t live behind you. They’re up ahead, through the bumpy roads, over the mountains and sunsets you haven’t seen yet. Keep going. You will get there. Nothing worthwhile comes easy, but it does come. And when you get there, darling, you can look back, take a breath, and say, “I did that!” Yes,  you did. Yes, you will. I believe in you more than I believe in my own heart. You are going to make it. I promise.  And I can’t wait to see the roads you take, the dreams you breathe, the light in your eyes when you finally reach the place that feels like the journey was all worth it.  I will be the one applauding silently, on the sidelines of where you took your first breath, and I will be the one smiling so big, so proud of you with those eyes that look just like mine and that heart… saving the world.  You go save the world. 

-Stephanie Bennett-Henry 


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