Inspirational Poem

Words To Live By

I wrote this poem for my niece before she was born because I want her to have the best life and live it to the fullest.

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A Life Worth Living

Shelby N. Merchen © more by Shelby N. Merchen

Published by Family Friend Poems August 19, 2022 with permission of the Author.

I can't wait to hold you in my arms
And kiss your tiny nose.
Cherish every moment,
Knowing just how fast you'll grow.

In the blink of an eye, time will pass by
And you'll be a little girl
Trying to find your place
Without a map in this big world.

Every road is unfamiliar,
Every experience brand new.
So many paths that lie before you,
Not knowing which to choose.

I don't have all the answers,
But there are tips that I can give.
If you want a life with no regrets,
I'll tell you how to live.

Wake up grateful every day,
And know that you are loved.
Be certain that you matter
And will always be enough.

Stay a kid for as long as you can;
Don't try to grow up too fast.
It's such a short stint in the span of your life,
So enjoy it while it lasts.

Always be sincere and honest;
Consistently stick to your word.
Stand up for what is fair and right.
Use your voice and make sure you are heard.

Believe in yourself and what you can do.
Be assertive and show that you're strong.
When you make a mistake, as we all do,
Be the first to admit that you're wrong.

Attitude is everything,
So make yours positive.
When the hard times fall upon you,
It's the best way you can live.

So don't worry about the small things,
Or cry when milk gets spilled.
The hard times aren't as hard
When your glass is halfway filled.

Be aware of your own beauty,
Without being vain.
Your looks will one day fade;
It's what inside you that remains.

Dare to be different, your own unique style.
Live only the story you wrote,
Be true to yourself and don't let your likes
Be based on the popular vote.

Forgive and forget,
Without keeping track.
When you hold on to the past,
The past holds you back.

Be brave, try new things;
It's ok if you fall.
The only way you fail
Is to not try at all.

Aspire to greatness,
Find a passion to pursue.
If you're willing to work,
There's nothing you can't do.

Ignore all the people
Who tell you you can't.
And if you have any questions, just ask.
Love, your Aunt


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