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On the Day of My Death: A Poem of Hope for the Future

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Daniel is a 31 year old, burgeoning artist. He has many interests, with a passion for professional wrestling and writing poetry.

On the Day of My Death

On the day of my death
I hope to look back and see
These years, as those
Which shaped me.
A temporary struggle
Which led me to the path
I was destined to find,
All along.

I hope I see these days,
Endlessly alone,
As nothing more than
A stepping stone.
The beginning of my life -
Not an ending -
The days of which I chose
To live life on my own terms.
Not to be ruled by others,
Or by oppressive laws
Forced upon me by society's elite,
But by my own standards.

On the day of my death,
I hope to look back on this time,
And times after,
And see a life well-lived.

-Daniel Kinnunen, 2018


The past five years have been the worst of my life. I have faced many trials, some that will remain in my memory until the day that I die. I have had to learn to live in a new way and the transition has been incredibly difficult. However, I remain hopeful for the future. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason, even when it seems as though the reason is simply life's way of messing with me. I also believe that we are all living exactly the lives we are meant to live. Maybe I just want someone else to be in control of my future, but I have to believe that where I am in life at any given moment is where I am supposed to be. That each difficulty, each frustration, and each failure serves a greater purpose. That I will find my way through it all and come out on the other side a better person for the experience. I have to believe these things, otherwise I would have given up a long time ago.

Our struggles teach us lessons, about life and about ourselves. It is through overcoming difficulty that we learn what we are capable of. I hope that one day I am able to look back on these past several years, fondly, and see them as the days that I learned exactly who I am. I hope to see them as the foundation that the rest of my life is built on. I hope that life is a good one. I have learned many difficult lessons that have taught me that I am stronger than I could have ever believed.

While, sometimes, I have difficulty seeing a future that resembles my ideal, I also know that I can't predict what will happen. Often, the opportunities that lead to happiness aren't obvious. Occasionally, it may even seem as though bad things happen for no reason, with nothing good coming from these situations. I have found, though, that inspiration takes many forms. What might seem devastating today may be exactly what I need to find my best tomorrow. I can't know until my life has played out and I look back to find what impact these experiences have had on my overall life.

Until I reach the end of my life, I can't possibly know why certain things have happened. The only thing I know for sure is how I feel in any given moment. While it can be extremely difficult to remain hopeful in the face of adversity, it is necessary for my daily survival. It is far easier to become negative, but all that does is make me feel worse. I choose to remain realistically optimistic, not because it is easy, but because it is the only way that I can continue to push myself toward where I want to be in life. No matter how many difficulties, frustrations, or failures I face, I will continue to believe that each experience is leading me to find success. And at the end of my life, I hope that I can look back on those experiences to find that they have led me to happiness and a life well-lived.

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