You're a mess young boy
Open your eyes and see
All you have is all you need
Your value does not come from your intelligence, which withers away against time.
Your value does not come from your strength, which falters by night fall.
Your value does not come from your talent, which is forever eclipsed by the sun.
Your value does not come from your riches, which only line your casket in gold.
Your value does not come from your popularity, which comes and goes like the breeze.
No, your value comes from your heart.
Which has beaten since day one.
And hasn't stopped since.
Refusing to leave until you're ready to leave, too.
Which has never given up on you, or the ones you love.
Which has commanded even the smallest arms to lift the tallest mountains.
Which has burned through deepest love and desperation,
a fire even the stars couldn't take back.
Which forever gives and refills and bends and grows and starts again.
Which guides and trusts and yes bruises but never breaks.
Which beats not just for you but for everyone it can stand to carry
from your mother to the stranger to the woman you marry.
Which fights against nature,
choosing sacrifice over survival; être fort pour être utile. We were born to protect.
Which responds to pain by beating louder and harder, for we were taught to let our anger bring more peace to the world.
Your heart skips beats, yes.
And it has changed over time.
But it has always persisted.
So let go of your doubts and be free
Nothing is missing
All you have is all you need.