I found this piece that I wrote a few years ago and it kind of stuck with me today so I thought I would share it here.

When I Was Younger
by Madeline

When I was younger, I dreamed I'd be a princess,
To fly across the sky, sit in a pumpkin,
Dance with a beast, or sing with the birds,
But when I was younger, I realized my faults
And I wouldn't be a princess until a prince came along.

When I was younger, I thought I'd be a doctor.
Give someone a needle, diagnose a fever,
Deliver a baby, or operate on somebody.
The age-old dream that never lasted,
After I realized I couldn't handle it.

When I was younger, I wanted to be a professor.
A pencil skirt and a blazer, a brief case and a computer
I was smart, I was successful,
I was going to go places.
But then reality hit my face,
And I didn't want to teach at a university.

When I was younger, I was planning to be a teacher.
I played with the little kids, and taught them about braids,
I loved the little smiles and the laughter they brought to everyone.
Until I got annoyed, with the ones that misbehaved,
And I realized teaching wasn't what I was meant to do.

When I was younger, I was going to go into interior design.
I loved home magazines, I loved design and decorating.
I loved being creative, and I just wanted it all.
Again, reality hit my face
And my dream was nearly shattered.
Would I make a living off of something so peculiar?

Now that I'm older, I am going into speech.
To teach the ones who are stuck or lost,
To speak so diligently.

When I was younger, I wanted to be more than the little girl I was.
But now that I'm bigger, I'm smarter and older,
I'm learning to be better.

I'm afraid for the future,
And all the places I'll go.
But in my heart down deep inside,
There's something I just know.

I'll share my dreams of princesses,
doctors, professors, and teachers too
Someday I'll get to be all of them,
A hero for my kids.
I'll be the princes, who becomes a queen,
I'll heal their cuts and wipe their tears,
Pass on my wisdom from over the years,
And teach them how to be like me.

M - 2013