Don’t we all seek validation elsewhere
When validation is denied at the one source we seek it from
Don’t we all seek it at the most random of places.
In those 2000 followers on social media you don’t recognize
In the characters of movies that temporarily warm your heart
In those fictional books where love comes easy to that protagonist
Don’t we all just seek that same validation.
In a walk through nature where we hope some magic would happen
In a forgotten hobby we’re suddenly inspired to review
Or perhaps a pet that unconditionally wags his pretty tail at us
We grope at every possible sense of validation.
In an old friend that we cared not to stay in touch
Or a nostalgic belonging that hardly meant anything until now
And even that photo album we find the time to rummage through now.
We all grapple for validation.
When the one source we seek it from walks away
Leaving us feeling that sense of unprecedented lack
Every little source of validation counts beyond we’ve known our entire life.