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1. if someone invites you back to their place
for coffee, and you only drink tea,
don’t stress:
you probably won’t actually be drinking coffee.

2. when the creepy guy from work asks you out
again and you think about accepting for the first
time because you’re sick of going home alone and
you have never learned how to say no, don’t. learn.
stand in front of the mirror until you love yourself
enough for your skin to fit snug on your body. read
about the hundreds of millions of planets out in the
hundreds of millions of galaxies and feel so crowded
that you’re about to burst all over again.

3. you’re gonna screw up.
Jesus Christ, you’re gonna screw up so bad
and i’m not talking about forgetting an appointment bad,
or spilling coffee on your boss bad
or getting into a small fender bender on the side of the interstate bad.

i’m talking about the kind of bad that ties you down
into your bed on Monday morning when you
need to go to work. the kind that weighs on your shoulder
during the entire day, the kind that everyone can see,
like a neon bar sign flashing in a bible-belt town,
or the guilty and private kind,
like a two-bit hooker pressing the money
as close to her heart as she can get,
as if she could absorb it
and finally feel like she’s worth something.

4. distance really does make the heart grow fonder.

4. so call your mother. often.
you’ll miss her when you’re struggling
to wrap presents on Christmas eve,
and when you’re paying
taxes for the first time.

4. and keep track of your old friends:
they’re the only ones who remember your
first time drunk in high school,
or the time you wanted to be a ballerina
or how to climb in through your old house’s bedroom
window at one o’clock in the morning.

4. and while you’re gonna move to a place with mountains
or plains or beaches or deserts, a part of you will
always miss these rolling hills.

5. people are gonna stop telling you that
you’re beautiful because you’re not a kid anymore.
that doesn’t mean it stops being true,
just because you get crow’s feet at the corner
of your eyes when you smile or laugh lines like
curtains framing your mouth.
you are beautiful still, with your bruised
knuckles from punching the clock,
your torn up lungs from breathing in
a ruined ozone layer; this is what happens
with age: you improve, you prove to be better.
you are beautiful still. more so now.

6. always use blinkers, never roll through
a stop sign, drive with the windows down,
and when you’re running on fumes, pull over.

keep your eyes on the road.
and remember—
it’s easier than they tell you.
so primarily this is written for my oldest sister who is graduating from college and still doesn't know how to drive and knows very little about things that aren't English and school because that's how teenagers in America are raised and it sucks.

And okay, so I'm pretty young and have never actually been in the real world or whatever, but I still think some of this stuff is true. And it's been a while since I've written a list poem, so I decided to do that. I hope you enjoy, thank you for comments/favorites/watches. I'd love to see what stuff you guys were worried about or think is true about the real world, so comment that?
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welcome to the real world by MisfitableGrae is, as the suggester says, "a beautiful, real dedication". Creative, evocative images are well-woven into the straightforward prose. ( Suggested by your-methamphetamine and Featured by ShadowedAcolyte )
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nikan2 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
i love the part about the hooker, who wishes to be convinced she has a heart of gold if only she could see it was actually worth something, anything, at best... Great job, incredibly insightful and original!
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Magic-Bean-Buyer Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
I'm not much older than you, but I've seen a good deal of what I consider to be the real world. I'm always learning more but right now this is what I think:

1.) Yes and no. If this is about sex (for some reason, I read this stanza very suggestively my first few times but on closer inspection it doesn't necessarily have to be about sex) then no, not everyone is DTF 100% of the time. If you mean, "coffee" is more about the experience of talking to someone, then yes. Life is more about who you're with than what you do.

2.) Say yes to the creepy guy at work, unless he's being abusive. I've been harassed by my fair share of strangers, but unless the "creepy guy" is doing something hurtful (like making unwanted advances), he's probably just a socially awkward dork. I don't believe in "settling". Give people a chance and don't hold out for the white knight because looks can be deceiving and the unattractive creepy guy could have a perfectly lovely personality. However, like I said, I've had a lot of people demand that I go home with them/sleep with them.. anything that's inappropriate or makes you feel unsafe should be reported (I've never reported anyone, but after my most recent run-in with a harasser I've been instructed to call the cops the next time I'm in a situation like that).

3.) This is the one I agree with the most. When I left high school, I honestly believed I was invincible, and smart enough so that I was immune to making mistakes. The most important thing I've learned since leaving home is how to fail, and I've become much stronger because of it. It hurts a lot less after a while. It's arrogance that makes failure so difficult at first- once you've learned to accept it and adapt to the new reality created by your mistakes, it gets easier.

4.) Nostalgia is silly, but I can't say I don't suffer from the occasional bout. Ironically, the only times I've missed Ohio were not when I was here in Texas, but rather on the plane about to leave Ohio. (I tried that sentence with pronouns and it was even worse.)

5.) This is absolutely not true. You get to choose who you associate with as an adult: choose people who make you feel beautiful and loved. The people I knew in my childhood were fucking assholes and constantly sought to tear me down and make me feel like shit about myself; the people I know now are much kinder because if people now try to pull what people back then did, I would just cut ties - it's easier to do that in the "real world."

6.) It's ok to not drive perfectly sometimes. Drive carefully, but don't freak out if you roll through a stop sign at an empty intersection. All or nothing thinking is bad. I know that's not what you're getting at here at all, but I have a fairly severe anxiety disorder and I would occasionally get panic attacks if I forgot to use my turn signal or something. Yes, it's important and people need to try to follow the rules of the road and stay safe, but it's far more important to relax. This applies to driving as well as life.

It's not always easier than "they" tell you - sometimes it's fucking hard. Sometimes it's the hardest fucking thing you've ever fucking done. But it is always manageable. I've never gone through anything I couldn't get through. Maybe not on my own, but as Dumbledore said, "Help will always be given... to those who ask for it."

Sorry for such a long (sometimes nitpicky) comment, especially in the midst of a DD flood. I wanted to get to it a while ago but I got caught up in life. Keep on writing. :hug:
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cristinewakesuphappy Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:iconcongratsdd1plz::iconcongratsdd2plz::iconcongratsdd3plz:
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Babou-Shka Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Wonderful.
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Dusklupe Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Simple Amazing. I think you'll be just fine out here in the real world.  I would say America is harder to live in but I really don't know. All I've ever known is a small town in central Texas. All I do know is so far it's been pretty rough but life would boring without its many challenges. Also I clenched my jaw at #4 because a deep lingering yearning rose up inside. I've always loved the mountains but just recently reached a place in a life that I can actually seriously consider moving to the mountains despite the colder weather... and I do indeed live in a region of rolling hills that I love very much. However, I think you have a pretty good grasp on how to get along this big ol' world. I know older people who have been in the real world for quite some time (much long than I) that have yet to grasp any of these.

My worry? That I'll never be enough, and that I'll never find a place where I can truly thrive without grasping at straws and simply surviving. I have vowed to one day overcome this current state of forced stagnation.

Thank you for your words!
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PokeBW4Evr Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
I love this...so SO much... and I didn't ever realize why people stopped telling me I was beautiful as often. I honestly began to believe that I wasn't as beautiful anymore...because why else would no one really say so,?I feel like so many things are making sense now after reading your writing here, and I thank you for sharing it. I'll bet your older sister is very proud and happy for you. =') God bless you!
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ValiantShadow Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student General Artist
This is absolutely amazing, and so true!
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straight-butch29 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just...WOW. :heart: Congratulations on the DD cuz' you obviously deserve it B-)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
I’m very happy for you!!! :iconloveloveplz: :tighthug:
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BornWithTheSun Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is so true and beautiful! <3 I love it when artists/poets/writers are honest about their subjects.
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