Read Poem: the perks of being real, by Karah Wilson

in high school
i wanted to feel like charlie did
in that tunnel
on a drive
with the people he loved most
in the world.

i wanted my life
to be like a coming-of-age film
where everything and nothing felt right
all at the same time.

i wanted to feel infinite.

but as we grow older
as our skin changes
as our hearts tire out
we learn that’s not real life.

no,
real life is filled
with heartbreak
with madness
with death
with unfairness.

it’s filled with fights
with people
you hold close.

it’s filled with music
playing
while you cry yourself to sleep
at 3 a.m.
because you’ve never felt so
alone.

it’s filled with the hardest
goodbyes
you never thought
would pass your lips.

it’s filled with watching your loved ones
wail out in pain
because they’ve lost someone they love.

yes,
real life is filled
with heartbreak
with madness
with death
with unfairness.

but one of the easiest parts
is realizing it’s also filled
with love
with happiness
with life
with fairness.

it’s filled with hugs
after fights
with people
you hold close.

it’s filled with music
playing at a party
with all your closest friends
at 3 a.m.

it’s filled with the easiest
hellos
of new friends
who were once
strangers.

it’s filled with watching
your loved ones be
the happiest
they’ve ever been
because they deserve it.

so,
while charlie had his friends
in that tunnel
on that drive,

i have so much more.

because what i have is in real life.

and that makes me feel
my own kind of
infinite.

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