Famous Children Poem

Children, teenagers, and adults as well, can all identify with the message of this poem for children from Shel Silverstein published in his book, "Every Thing On It." Sometimes we all feel like no one really truly knows us, as if we are wearing a mask and our true self is hidden from all underneath our face.

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The expectations others place on us are a structure. They can be confining like a prison or uplifting like a scaffold - sometimes both. You can rebel against 'em, using them as a springboard...

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Underneath my outside face
There's a face that none can see.
A little less smiley,
A little less sure,
But a whole lot more like me

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  • Tyrel L. Hansen by Tyrel L. Hansen
  • 1 year ago

I have always been what others want me to be. I'm sick of it, but I cannot escape it.

  • Al T by Al T
  • 4 weeks ago

The expectations others place on us are a structure. They can be confining like a prison or uplifting like a scaffold - sometimes both. You can rebel against 'em, using them as a springboard for a different life. But it is nigh impossible to escape their influence altogether - and to do so might mean severing bonds. But there is hope, friend. Figure out what you want. Tell a confidant. Now their expectations can work for you, help hold you accountable for prioritizing your own dreams.

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