you were chosen long before you took a breath
a life destined for glory and pain
what would you have done if you were given a choice
who would you be if not for this identity
if what is real is the here and now
would you still wish for another time

who are you when people close their eyes
who are you after the applause has run out

your life is a given, a title for a name
your truth is for anyone to shape
if you were the same as the next person
would you still walk in that imaginary line

where will you go if you are on your own
where will you go after they close the door

“Hope locates itself in the premises that we don’t know what will happen and that in the spaciousness of uncertainty is room to act. When you recognize uncertainty, you recognize that you may be able to influence the outcomes — you alone or you in concert with a few dozen or several million others. Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists take the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It’s the belief that what we do matters even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. We may not, in fact, know them afterward either, but they matter all the same, and history is full of people whose influence was most powerful after they were gone.” – Rebecca Solnit