Surround yourself with those who love to live,
Good friends who stand with you through thick and thin.
Take chances, make mistakes, and then
Forgive yourself, forget what might have been.
Live in the clouds, but stand upon the ground.
Immerse yourself in all there is to know.
Walk tall with beauty's blessings all around.
Take pride in all you do and you will grow
To stand for what you know is just and right.
Don't hesitate to swim against the stream.
Find someone true with which to share your light.
Dream dreams that you and only you can dream.
Life's much too short to pout and sulk and whine.
Live now, live free, embrace the gift of time.
[Photo: "Clock in the Musee D'orsay, Paris" by Andy Herbon.]