After a while, you learn the subtle difference
Between holding a hand, and chaining a heart.

You learn that love doesn't mean leaning
And company doesn't mean security.

You begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts,
And presents aren't promises.

You begin to accept your defeats
With the grace of a woman
Not the grief of a child.

You learn to build your roads today
Because tomorrows ground is to uncertain.
And futures have a way
Of falling down in mid flight.

After a while you learn that
Sunshine burns if you get to close.
So you plant your own garden,
And decorate your own life
Instead of waiting for someone
To bring you flowers.

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.