After a while you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand
and chaining a soul
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't
And you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and your eyes open,
with the grace of an adult, not the grief of a child,
And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground
is too uncertain for plans....