A Poem About Reflecting on Life

I wrote this poem when I was 17 and was reflecting on my past three years of bad decisions. It’s also when I “found myself”… I found the things that made me happy, found the career I wanted to pursue, found genuine friends and found hope for better days.


I reflect on my past
My struggles and my accomplishments
I reflect on the people I’ve loved and lost
I wonder If my past life defines me
If my wrong acts make me who I am
I reflect on my emotions
My happiness and sadness
I wonder If my apologies were ever accepted
If I will ever be new and not who I was


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Written by Hafso Farah

A Somali-New Zealander with 18 years of life experience. Passionate social activist, lover of everything 80s-90s and an avid Rock & Roll fan.