on growing up

 "We are our story. Family is a group of people building story for each other. And then building another family & taking that story on."

.... We carry our stories. And they become so airtight that we can suffocate ourselves with them."

... I'm possibly lucky to have been allowed to experience and learn from my experiences. But I do, to this day, think that success is being able to look in the mirror and know that I'm alright on that day. I don't believe I've made it, I believe that I'm making it. I believe that I've found my past so that I can live in the present."

... I didn't do anything wrong. And I'm okay now."

- Lemn Sissay, on "Growing Up"