Lessons By Bhagyashree Prabhutendolkar, age 16, Mumbai, INDIA if only I could go back in time and whisper to my younger self, i would ask her to calm down before dipping toes into adulthood, telling her it would sometimes feel like growing up around venom and you would shatter when the demons would spin pretty lies for your pretty self, but you mustn’t drown in their tales, for purity flows through your veins and the venom can’t touch your bare skin, it will turn to ashes dear. you deserve to catch the stars and reach the sky; and you mustn’t love anyone else, than your dear dreams that make you survive you have a reason to live, a passion to die for, never betray them who make you smile in the worst days of calamity and help you rise from nothing, for they are your dreams just breathe. By Bhagyashree Prabhutendolkar, age 16, Mumbai, INDIA. Bhagyashree is a high school journalist, public speaker, poet and a recipient of 'The Hindustan Times Scholarship Award.' When not writing, she likes to paint the whispers of nature on paper to accompany her poems. She aspires to pursue a career in media and creative writing.