i'm still here

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there is something about being
where you used to be yesterday
as you are today
a return home
to say
i’m still here

I left Florida, the only home I knew, at the age of 18 for Wisconsin.
When I arrived in Wisconsin everyone wondered why I left the Sunshine State for the Cheese (and snow) State.
Soon, I began to wonder as well.

When I would return to Florida during breaks I noticed I returned different.
My hometown didn’t change, but I did.
Sometimes for the better; other times for the worse.

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Change nonetheless.
It has been 10 years since I left home and when I return to Florida I can’t help but look back on years of change and say, “I’m still here.”

Home will always home.

I will always be me.

And it’s beautiful to be where you used to be and to be there differently.


Tanner Olson is a writer, speaker, poet, spoken-word artist, and creator of Written to Speak.
He created Written to Speak to share hope and announce love.