Why are people scared of reflections?
Is it because they see their nose and think it’s too big,
or is it because of their greasy hair?
Is it the acne that is popping up everywhere,
or is it the outfit that just won’t fit the way you want it to?
No. People are scared of reflections because of their eyes.
Not the size of them.
not the color of them.
They are scared of the truth behind them.
The truth of their wrongs;
the truth that they were hiding.
Hiding from their friends.
Hiding from their family.
The truth that they are not who they seem.
They may wear those expensive clothes,
but all they want is to throw on some sweatpants and a T-shirt.
The truth that they may be constantly laughing or joking around,
but all they want to do is run away and cry.
The truth that, yes they act like this,
but this is not who they really are.
They act like this because they think that they have to act like it.
Well, I am here to tell you something.
You don’t have to act like someone you aren’t.
If you act like you, it will be okay.
If you are the type of person that wears weird socks,
then you wear those socks with pride.
If you like to sing,
then you run outside and sing at the top of your lungs.
You are you;
the beautiful, perfect, amazing you that you were made to be.
If people are telling you to change
then look them in the eyes and tell them no.
You change because this is who I am.
People are scared of reflections,
but we don’t have to be.
For more like this, please enjoy the poem “The Space I Take Up” by Marin Poleshek.