Shine Your Light!

"When I was born into this world

The only things I knew were to love, laugh, and shine my light brightly.

Then as I grew, people told me to stop laughing.

“Take life seriously,” they said,

“If you want to get ahead in this world.”

So I stopped laughing.

People told me, “Be careful who you love

If you don’t want your heart broken.”

So I stopped loving.

They said, “Don’t shine your light so bright

As it draws too much attention onto you.”

So I stopped shining

And became small

And withered

And died

Only to learn upon death

That all that matters in life

Is to love, laugh, and shine our light brightly!"

—Anita Moorjani