Due by Midnight

It’s 10:46 and I promise
I’d have my life figured out by 10:30.
I do this a lot,
Create this unrealistic goals
Find some sort of motivation.
But in reality, they just leave me feeling failure and frustration.
Because even in those moments where I complete my goals on time,
Contentment only visits until I find another finish line.

Because I’m always more in love
With the person I could be than the person I am.
And that is an exhausting way to live.
Because love is beautiful.
Yes, it’s uplifting and fulfilling and forgiving,
But if you always give it to your future,
Then you’ll never find it in the present, which is where we’re all living.
So I think it’s time to learn how to fix that.
But I better get to it,
Because now it’s already 10:47,
And I kind of want to have this all figured out by 11.


Ah, the emotions ~~ it’s amazing to me how poets can capture the expression of the heart and articulate them in a manner so profound. Their art has the power to connect the individual mind and heart to a universal human experience.

I saw this gem at the most perfect timing — one of those many nights where I’m aimlessly scrolling through IG reels, trying to distract my mind from the never-ending cycle of frustration due to my lack of clarity and progress.

How I wish I had penned it myself! It’s even more impactful when you hear it spoken by the author. It’s been a long time since I read or heard a poem this resonant and beautifully expressed — I feel seen and heard.

It captures the impatience I have to achieve my goals so badly and quickly. The constant race against time, always pushing myself to do more and be better, is often frustrating and overwhelming. This poem is a comforting reminder that I am not alone in my struggles, that it’s normal to feel stuck, and that I should always be kind to myself.

To you reading this, know that you are not alone. We all have our moments of doubt and impatience. Recognize that progress takes time and allow yourself to grow at your own pace.

Love you,