It pains me to know that you’re hurting
and that I cannot be there.
I know that the problem you’re having
is scary and largely unfair.
It’s not that I don’t want to help you
get through this and come out all right.
I do want to hear what you’re going through
I know I come off as uptight.
I wasn’t always this old you know
I used to be young and carefree.
I guess just like everyone else in the world
I want you to learn from me.
I wasn’t always this staid my young friend
my life once was pretty exciting.
It’s just that I grew up and changed my outlook
and now sedate seems more inviting.
Of adventures I’ve had my fair share you know
and I still bear the scars of those days.
But as life has a way of changing things
I chose to change my ways.
So now I sit and listen
as you pour out your suffering and pain.
And I try to help you see
that your choices are not always sane.
When I try to help you find your way
I end up making you mad.
Then you leave and we don’t talk for a while
that always makes me sad.
You see it’s not that I don’t care
to hear your feelings of pain.
It’s just that I have been there before
and don’t want to go there again.
We all wish the people we love in our lives
could learn from our mistakes.
But life just doesn’t work out that way
we must leave it up to the fates.
Just know when I am telling you
how wrong your choices are.
I know what I am talking about.
Believe me I’ll show you the scar.