Before fear, I rode headlong into life,
Full of joy and wonder,
Summer blonde hair whipping wildly in the breeze.
Before fear, my feet were bare,
Burning on the hot summer pavement,
Brown with dirt and sun.
Before fear, I leaped and jumped,
Legs straining, stretching to make my mark,
With vitality and energy.
Before fear, my laughter was everywhere,
Ringing in the air,
Singing in my heart.
Before fear, I was always myself,
Not wondering who or what to be.
What will this crowd think of me?
Before fear, I did not think of it,
I just was,
Every moment of every day.
Now as I return, I move with hope as I pray.