A year since I left. Flew out of the nest, A year in a hostel being independent, Falling and getting up, Making mistakes and Learning from them. Looking for and discovering myself Surprising myself Finding myself Changing, growing, A new me, the real me. Yet the same old me Meeting someone Loving someone Knowing and cherishing The one I love Caring, sharing, Making memories together Letting go of the past Pain, hurt, fears.... Old wounds best forgotten Which only cause tears.... New beginnings New experiences New relationships New me New expectations New dreams New thoughts New me Time to start afresh Time to evaluate And set new goals Time to be me Time to be real and raw Time to heal I found myself My true self Brand new self. Thought my own thoughts Dreamt my own dreams Shaped my destiny Walked my own path 1997- A year of self discovery.