I Can’t Be Everything for Everyone — Mindfully Messy

Below is the poem ‘I Can’t Be Everything for Everyone’ penned by Brittan who began writing poetry in June 2020. She uses poetry as a therapeutic exercise when revisiting homophobic traumatic memories and describing life with BPD & Bipolar 2. She uses poetry as a medium for self-expression when discussing Buddhism, lesbianism, and platonic love.

It’s beautiful and authentic self-expression and I could totally relate to its essence. I feel very much in harmony with the title of the poem. No one needs to be everything to everyone. There is always something pernicious lurking behind such demands or expectations, even when it’s from yourself, which is just not right. You can feel it in your bones. To read full post, please, click the link below. Thank you so much Brittan for such a wonderful poem. ❤


Life’s full of people needing things from you,

Sometimes it’s supplying true interest in them,

Sometimes it’s comforting words when they’re lonely.

Life’s full of you needing things from people,

Sometimes it’s gifting advice to halt your mind,

Sometimes it’s holding you during a breakdown.


Being needed is a nice feeling,

You’re useful for something real,

Helping someone with their life,

What a nice distraction from your own.

Needing is not such a nice feeling,

You’re dependent on someone else,

Receiving is just taking,

When it’s due to a lack of your own.


Click the link below to navigate the page 👇

I Can’t Be Everything for Everyone

Published by Smita Ray

Smita Ray is a mother of two lovely kids and hails from the northeastern town of India Gorakhpur. Her perpetual displeasure arising from the hypocrisy in the society underneath the semblance of religion, culture as well as the conditioning for compliance urged her to put down the impressions in her mind. In her spare time, she likes to have some culinary adventures with her kids.

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