No matter how hard you try
You can’t help them.
Your friend, your sibling, your child, your lover,
People you care about,
People you love;
You just can’t help them.
No matter how clearly you see
The pain that is heading their way
You can’t warn them
To not make that same mistake again.
Because sometimes they are just not willing to listen,
They just don’t want to believe you,
But most importantly
Because they want to follow their instincts
And see it through.
Sometimes, they have grown up
And you can’t tell them
What is right and what is wrong
What to do and what to not.
Not because you don’t matter
It is time that they make their own decisions
and avoid the chatter.
Sometimes, no matter what trouble they are in
And no matter how much you want to help them,
All you can do is stand there and watch
And hope that you are proven wrong.
It is one of the worst feelings in the world
To watch someone you care for
Make the mistakes and suffer the pain
From which you could have prevented them.
You just have to step back
You just have to let them be.
It is painful, it is torturous
To stand there and watch them suffer
But that is the punishment for caring too much,
That is what we get for loving too much.
Sometimes, you can’t do anything
And you can’t help
Even if you give it your best,
Even if you know they’ll fail that test.
All you can do
Is be there for them
When they drown in the rain
And be there for them
When they suffer the pain.
All you can do is
Let them make the mistake,
Let them go their way
Let them follow their guts
Let them find their way.
And stand at the end
Of that dark tunnel,
To hold them
When they walk out
To be there for them
When they come falling down.
And tell them
That shit happens
That making mistakes is okay
And that you are there for them
And it is all going to be okay
And that they will find their way
tomorrow, if not today.