By Monica Deleon, age 17

In time, you have to learn to manage it. You have to make everything on time. You have to learn how it feels to be on time. Even if you are always late like me. You have to learn to be on time. To be a mature adult. To have a good life, job (you can’t be late to your job!). It all just takes time. The only time being late is okay is when you are a baby and you’re late for your own birth. Because you love the womb so much, to the point you don’t want to come out and show yourself to the world.

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