Don’t sell yourself short.
Stand tall when you fall.
Know what you’re worth.
What are you made of?
When people talk junk,
know that it’s made up.
When you wake up, get up.
Look in the mirror and see
yourself as a grand prize.
You’re worth more than
you realize. Chest out. Chin
up. You’re a freaking rooster.
The rest of them are ducks.
No need to be a vacuum
when the world already sucks.
Blaze a path. No need to do
the math. Cha-ching. You are
rare art: the very best thing.
Know you’re worth more than
you ever know. Go and get it,
and never sell out. You know
what you’re about. Stand tall.
You are good enough. Know
that you are best in show.
You are priceless: the nicest.
You will never be worthless.
Don’t worry; that’s my request.
Life is tough. You can take that
to the bank. I can’t tell you how
many ships I sank. Moving forward
takes energy. Taking action pulls
you from relaxation. We see what
we want to see. We believe what
we perceive. Life is like small raft
moving fast in a vast ocean. Motion.
Constantly trying. It can be tiring.
This journey comes without warning.
Each day, we learn something new.
Ain’t no way we all know what to do.
The crashing waves teach us how to
behave. Some of us can’t be saved.
Today, or tomorrow, you just might
receive an important reality check.
You best cash it before the clock
ticks zero, before there is nothing left.
Since the day you were born,
you’ve shined brighter than
a shooting star blasting across
the pitch-black sky. You glisten
in the reflection of my eye.
Your wide smile cheers me up.
Your youthful eyes tell me that
the sun will surely rise again.
At just 8 months old, you’ve
given me the ability to see
that life has many meanings.
You have taught me to love
unconditionally. You fill me
with joy and energy. I can be
me with you. I am so proud
to be your dad, baby Gray.
You’ve given me the light
that I cherish night and day.
Don’t forget to take your time
before someone takes it for you.
Breathe. Relax. This game is life
goes so fast. Smile. Laugh. Sit
back before the chickens hatch.
Enjoy your time and others will
too. Take your time. Go. Live
your life, and I will live mine.
Together, we can take small steps
on the stairwell to eternity. Then,
we will know how it feels to be
free. Look ahead: not at a watch.
Forget all that you were taught.
Don’t rush. Be patient. Say that
it will work out. Say that
it will be fine taking your time.
A single dream can ignite a flame
that can light up a dark room.
A single dream can jumpstart
a dead battery or a broken heart.
A single dream can reveal a life
that only exists during the night.
A single dream can create motion
that juxtaposes life’s commotion.
A single dream can shed light
without burning too bright.
A single dream is all it takes
to get moving to the rhythm
of your choosing. Dream on
before someone else tells you
that dreaming big is wrong.