Every Person Should Know

Every Person Should Know

I stumbled upon this arrangement of words a few months ago, and I filed it away to revisit during those times when I need a reminder of what is good to know.  The original version by Pamela Redmond Satran focuses the piece on women, and I’ve replaced “woman” with “person” in the adapted version below, adopting the use of “they” to acknowledge those who identify as gender neutral.

EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW

How to fall in love without losing the self.
How to quit a job,
Break up with a lover, 
And confront a friend without
Ruining the friendship.
When to try harder, a
nd when to walk away.


EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW

That they can’t change the length of their calves,
The width of their hips,
or the nature of their parents.
That their childhood may not have been perfect
But it’s over.


EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW
What they would and wouldn’t do for love or more
How to live alone
Even if they don’t like it.


EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW
Whom they can trust,
Whom they can’t,
And why they shouldn’t take it personally.


EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW
Where to go
Be it to their best friend’s kitchen table
Or a charming inn in the woods
When the soul needs soothing.


EVERY PERSON SHOULD KNOW…
What they can and can’t accomplish in a day
A month
And a year.