Just Happy – Alumni Client 

Orri Alumni Client shares a poignant poem on identity, time and courage. 

As a child, I had grand dreams of becoming a princess, a veterinarian or a teacher. As I grew older, my priorities and desires shifted, and above all else, I longed to be happy. I yearned to wake up each morning with a sense of purpose, and a reason to keep moving forward. I was weary of merely existing and going through the motions of life. 

I longed to experience life to the fullest, unencumbered by fear and regrets. I sought to meet new people without the burden of apprehension over the possibility of rejection or failure. I aspired to form deep and meaningful connections with others without the fear of falling apart when those connections changed or ended. I yearned to explore the world and to marvel at its beauty, to sit in cosy coffee shops and inhale the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee, to witness the sun rise over various cities and to bask in the beauty of nature. 

I am determined to no longer be held back by fear or regret, and to embrace each moment with open arms, living my life to the fullest. Even if my path may not always be smooth or easy, I know that I possess the strength to face any obstacle that comes my way. I implore you to do the same, to be unafraid of fighting for your happiness, and to embrace every moment with an open heart.

When I was a kid 

everyone always used to ask me the same old question 

What you want to be when you grow up? 

And if you asked me then 

I’d say a Princess 

A vet 

A teacher 

I would spend hours in my room talking to the wall 

But if you ask me now 

I’d just say happy 

I want to wake up in the morning 

not with the sole purpose of breathing 

but something to live for 

I’m scared of wasting anymore time 

I want to meet people and be ok when they don’t like me 

and form relationships and not fall apart when they do 

I want to see skies from different cities’ points of view 

and sit in family-owned coffee shops 

that don’t have the best coffee 

but you feel at home anyway 

I don’t want to feel fearful of tomorrow 

or regretful of yesterday 

just happy 

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