I'm only 16, but I feel like I already know how adulthood feels. Throughout my life I have been through many difficult tests, many of which I failed. But in failing, I never truly lost. I believe with any failure in our lives, we gain a new strength and a new wisdom to deal with the next test.

And when you realize that, can you know the true feelings of adulthood.

This poem originally was published in Poems on Life - Teen Poems

Welcome Me, Adulthood
Welcome me, Adulthood, I have ventured
through childhood with all the wonders and dangers in it.

I have placed my childhood fantasies aside,
and picked up hopes of becoming who I want to be.

Embrace me knowledge,
I am ready to know more and add to what I know already.
I have conquered my fear of the night,
now I only fear of becoming nothing.
I have stopped pretending to be what I thought I was going to be,
and realized that I am only what I make of myself.

I have come down from the land of make-believe,
and I have found the strength to believe in me.
So when I come upon you, open your arms,
and welcome me, Adulthood,
for I am headed your way.

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  • raizel
    i love this poem. its so me but at the same time i dont want to grow up. adulthood is scary. ppl expect a lot more of you. i wish the adults would let kids just be kids and when we want to we will hit reality and start growing up to be who we wanna be. i wish all of u guys much luck!
  • amanda
    i feel what your saying, i couldnt even list the things i have been through & i am not even 16 yet, things no 16 yrs old should ever have to experience & it has forced me to grow up, but i got through it & now im ready to be the person i've always wanted to be, i just have to get there now.
  • isabel
    i like this poem. it reminds me of myself. im goin to be 16 n life is crazy
  • janiela
    it's a great poem because in a way it teaches you as a young adultthat life is important.
  • jannie
    I came on here looking for some words of wisdom and i foun a that i was looking for in your words! thank you and keep helping other confused teens such as myself you are a talented and wonderful person,really you are!
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    hi my name is sandra and i love poetry and for some reason ur poem just stoped and touched me i really like it
  • KATIE
    THIS POEM TOUCHED ME VERY DEEPLY BECAUSE I FILL THE SAME WAS SHE DOES ALTHOUGH I AM 14 I FILL AS IF I NEED TO START SETTING MY CHILDHOOD FANTISY AWAY AND START TO GROW UP AND THINK ABOUT WHAT I REALLY WANT IN LIFE! THANK YOU, KATIE
  • Jaimie
    Hey i know exactly what you mean, cause i was forced to grow up too fast and i am also only 16.
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