After A While

I recently came across a quote that stuck with me for days. It was on Instagram, in a caption, and I literally stared at it for minutes.

I read the line over and over. I wanted more. It's rare to find a line that hits you. One that stops you in your tracks, makes you think, and motivates you all at once. I had to know the origins, and so I searched the internet until I found the full poem, which is even more perfect than I expected.

Obviously such a reaction is one that stems from a place deeper than words. It has relevance, not just to me but many of my friends. I won't go into depth right now, but I will say this: your mid-to-late twenties are such a wonderfully odd time. You're on a path, but you're often not sure if it's the right one. Your dreams and hopes are becoming more defined, but there are no defined steps on how to get there. You want to be something, someone who makes you proud.

And, so, with that I give you "After A While". In it, I hope you find as much motivation and encouragement as I did.
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After A While
Author: Veronica A. Shoffstall

After a while you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand and chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn’t mean leaning 
And company doesn’t mean security,
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises.
And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open
With the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads on today,
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,
And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
That even sunshine burns if you get too much.
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure,
That you really are strong,
And you really do have worth.
And you learn and learn,
With every goodbye you learn.


  1. This is a beautiful poem, and as a twenty-something, really resonates with me. Thank you so much for sharing.


  2. This is beautiful! Thank you for sharing, I want it in a pring now!

  3. This is exactly where I am at right now. This was much needed!

    26 and Not Counting

  4. Very beautiful and something most definitely learned in the twenties :) Make slife so much more easier xx

  5. This is beautiful. You and I are very close in age, so I feel the same way!

  6. Thank you for posting the poem. This definitely came at a time for me with work setbacks, so I really do appreciate the words.


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