"You are as old as you choose to believe, You are successful when you choose to recognize what you achieve, You are as helpless as you choose to perceive, You are as valuable as you choose to believe." You are as old as you choose to believe, Many things are said about getting old But it is up to you to place your trust. Don't join degrading commentary; Make your choice and continue being bold. You are as helpless as you choose to perceive, Many things can be done to become more able. Choose to understand all your reasons why, -Don't succumb to the thoughts of I can't - Change your perception and become more capable. You are successful when you recognize what you achieve, Many things happen that go unrecognized, It is a personal responsibility to take notice. Don't disregard the efforts you make, Taking ownership will make your successes realized. You are as valuable as you choose to believe. Many stories form in every mind, Choose the path your stories take. Don't continue stories that bring you down, Choose a narrative that, to yourself, is kind. I'm constantly listening to the different narratives that people carry and try my best to decipher the meaning for my person. There are many comments that I hear (old age, helplessness, success) and don't agree with the perceptions presented. Writing this poem gave me a chance to explore a few that haunt me and share my solution to not-believing in them and grounding myself.