our skin is marked with experience like rings on a tree. some of these trees have been carved with beautiful things & some of them have been chopped away at by careless human beings. some of the rings we have carved onto ourselves. we must remember that we are beautiful. we must remember that we are strong. we must remember that emotional pain is temporary. we must remember to reach out to those who care, even when we want nothing but to be alone. we must reach out, even when we fear being a burden. we must prevail. we will prevail.