Wow this is such a strong and emotional piece! My eyes and heart hung on every word...even after the tenth time reading it. What an extremely powerful write. Living up to the expectations of others-especially loved ones- is so overwhelming, and at times, very disheartening. It's like you want to make them proud of you and your accomplishments...but then again your heart and soul long for something else...or like you mentioned in your poem, you feel you can't succeed fast enough to please them. It's hard to try and please others and still fulfill your own goals...but ultimately it all comes down to your happiness and whether you truly feel you are following the right path for you in that moment in time. Sometimes we have to be selfish and focus on ourselves and what we truly want out of life- whether our actions be approved by others or not. Judgement is inevitable, but learning to keep your chin up through it all and let it slide off your shoulders is possible :) Be yourself and follow your heart. Love and accept yourself unconditionally for who you are, at this moment. Go at your own pace, believe you can succeed (you will), and keep on keepin on :) much love and peace to you, and once again, well done on an excellent write!
While I appreciate this piece I do not feel as though it should be nominated. It is more of a venting rant than a piece of art. The style does not have too much personality and the wording is far too plain for my tastes. But I do hope to see more of your wonderful work reaching the honorable mentions or front page soon.