by Luísa D’Araujo
I try to be the most honest with me
Sometimes I’m lost
Sometimes I know I make wrong choices
Life shows me so many colors
But where should I look?
This path is not easy when you are alone.
So be patient, I’ve been trying
Finding myself has been a continuous search
My friends have been moving away
And maybe it’s not my fault.
Only paths become bridges,
And a lot go through, but we’re here.
And we’re trying to find what’s missing.
Because we can’t move on
Without knowing what afflicts us
Our little “me” needs help
Be patient with yourself
It’s a long road
And sometimes hard
But be patient
Show your truth
And not be afraid
To hear the truth and to say it’s not okay
Because we’re trying
My name is Luísa, 22 years old and I am from Brazil, but I am currently studying civil engineering in Portugal. Since I was a little girl I was encouraged to read by my aunt, and one of the most important books was The Little Prince. I have great affection for this book. When I discovered All the Bright Places it was the antidote I needed to understand what I was going through, and this book had a great impact on me. I started writing poetry as a way of being honest with myself and my feelings and exposing them in some way. It was something very intimate until I tried something that my mother says is a gift, and I believe that it really is through my writing and my sensitivity and honesty with words that many can identify themselves even if they do not know what they are going through. This is the greatest return I could have, to be an escape in the lives of people in the midst of this madness of life.