We need to protect ourselves everyday..defend ourselves..not deny.. We need to prepare for the storms and winds of life that are ahead to weigh us down and ground ourselves so that we will not be shaken. Experience takes us out cold...and we turn into something else..someone else that we are not that we ourselves begin to think that's who we are. We scream "ACCEPT ME" when that isn't even us. Experience shouldn't take the best of us.. experience should keep us and see us through the same and better than when we began. In us lies beauty.. and essence .. and once we begin our journey we must armour ourselves so that when it's all over..we are still who we are.. and even more..we must not be stolen..we must not give ourselves away.