Immer lächeln, bitte
=D Du bist sehr nett, Freund
do you remember the first time you were called annoying?
how your breath stopped short in your chest
the way the light drained from your eyes, though you knew your cheeks were ablaze
the way your throat tightened as you tried to form an argument that got lost on your tongue.
your eyes never left the floor that day.
you were 13.
you’re 20 now, and i still see the light fade from your eyes when you talk about your interests for “too long,”
apologies littering every other sentence,
words trailing off a cliff you haven’t jumped from in 7 years.
i could listen to you forever, though i know speaking for more than 3 uninterrupted minutes makes you anxious.
all i want you to know is that you deserve to be heard
for 3 minutes
for 10 minutes
for 2 hours
there will be people who cannot handle your grace, your beauty, your wisdom, your heart;
mostly because they can’t handle their own.
but you will never be
and have never been
Good luck to everyone with exams, especially the ones who are reading this now instead of revising
Tom Michael Fletcher has fought against depression, eating disorders and bipolarity. Now he is a happy married man, he has been on a successful band with his three best friends in the world for ten years, and he’s going to be a father really soon. Tom is an example of self-improvement and an inspiration for everyone.