Growing up should not change me; mutilate,
To the point where the child I used to be dies,
I can learn and grow,
Yet still retain the essence of me.
I can learn from you,
But I do not want to be you,
For the unique person of me has value too,
To grow without loosing the essence of me,
Is the rule of a balanced life.
You can learn from me too,
But never strive to become me,
For a copy always pales next to the original,
You are original and need not become a copy.
Why should we loose our selves in growth?
I would rather we celebrate our unique differences.
Abimbola Onaoluwa 2016
This is Rule 3 of the 2016 Rules.