I refuse to surround myself with burdened hearts
For their intent is to wound my joy.
But accept positive attitudes
That see the best out of own attitude.
I refuse to be associated with classifiers
because in their eyes they are the best.
But I accept down-to-earth individuals
For their success and experience are incomparable.
I refuse to be judged for what I am not
For you do not know who I am.
But I accept the acknowledgement of my efforts
For only those who know me well acknowledge them
I refuse to be pretentious
For I’m no advocate for personal discomfort.
But I accept intelligent recognition
For their intelligence enlightens their senses.
I refuse to start-up conflict
For I am the one to continue it once provoked.
But I accept self-actualization
For everyone ‘deserves’ a second chance.
I refuse to be let down by irrelevancies
For they unnecessarily weigh me down.
But I accept that I learn from them
For my future promises more relevancies.
I refuse to let your words bring me down
For my emotions aren’t spearheaded by my actions.
But I accept your criticism
For your negative words make me stronger.
If your mouth waters for gossip and cheers on my failure
I refuse to participate in your shallow lifestyle.
But accept that people like you will never change
My life becomes your entertainment, as I live it.