I am who I am;
just as you are who you are.
Don't ask me to change
in order to be a part of your life.
If you are looking to change me
then I am obviously not for you.
Acceptance of quirks and foibles
is required and necessary,
because quite frankly, at this stage of the game
they aren't going anywhere.
They are simply part of the package
that makes up the whole.
Don't ask if I have baggage,
I haven't lived my life in a box.
Don't expect every day to be happiness and sunshine.
Some days I slip into what I have named
beyond bitch mode.
There isn't necessarily a reason for this;
it just is.
The good thing is that it doesn't last.
Underneath all this though
lies the "me" that I shelter and protect.
This is the me that few will know
because they don't take the time to see.
Because in order to get there
takes patience, caring, understanding and time.
Things that so few are ready to give.
So there she will stay until
someone dares to brave the outer shell
and get to the person within.