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It Is Ok To Not Be Okay

Sept 5, 2021

By Anonymous

 

I was catching up on homework one day at the JMC (Jones Media Center, above First Floor Berry, for the newbies) when I was randomly hit with the inspiration to write this poem. I have been struggling academically for a while and when I feel down, my friends help reassure me that everything will be ok. I wrote this as a way to tell people that they do not have to be “perfect”—and that is ok. You’re here for a reason. And you’ll make the Dartmouth experience your own. Funnily enough, I was diagnosed with ADHD during finals period, which explains this poem a little bit more. I just want to remind people that everything will be fine.   

I have never heard more comforting words than when a friend tells me, "it's ok." 

 

That "everything will be fine." 

 

I can have an overdue midterm by a week, two essays coming up, three missing assignments,  

 

But you know what 

 

It's ok.

 

Because academia is not the whole world 

 

It's not even the real world. 

 

Because we live in the real world 

And it's not confined by four thin ass walls with mildew growing inside. 

 

It's our families, friends, our communities. 

Because they've always been there, and they will never throw me away just because I failed a class 

And I will never throw them away. 

 

They'll tell me, "it's ok." 

And that tomorrow is a new day. 

 

And at that moment 

 

Hearing those words leaving the mouth of those I care about the most.

 

I'll feel loved (because I'm not alone) 

 

And nothing beats that feeling, 

 

feeling loved

 

Because I Am loved 

I am loved because I am Me

 

Even if it takes me until tomorrow to truly understand that 




 

No matter what may be the problem but having someone, anyone, tell me that despite what I'm going through, everything will be fine, 

will make me feel safe


 

Because at the end of the day, no matter how corny it may sound, there's always tomorrow 

 

Tomorrow is a new day. 

 

It may be a bad day, and that's ok. 

 

There are only 24 hours in a day, and the next 24 are a hopeful mystery that you get to experience.

 

Or

 

Tomorrow 

 

may be a fantastic day, and that's great

 

And I hope when you have those amazing days, that you hold onto that feeling because who knows when you'll feel that again, but you'll know that it's possible. 

 

Possible to be happy 

 

And that's beautiful. 

 

Because tomorrow is a new day 

 

And 

 

The future may be scary, but there's always  

 

A new chance to be happy 

The Dartmouth Radical