"I guess I can't shake off
the poet inside of me, and that scared you."
- My favorite lines in this piece! I read this as someone who is unwilling or scared to face their feelings. As poets, we often delve deeper, and sometimes people aren't ready for that, or are holding themselves back.
Love how you tie everything together with the title. Although you may still smile, still have these memories, you will continue to climb toward that new life. The reference of the sprained ankle, perhaps even self-destruction, due to the exertion of trying to prove and impress, that was powerful.
All the best to you! Very neat to include the lyrics and some personal things, that made the poem more intimate and even more a testament to the journey of moving forward, of learning and embracing self-love.