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Kim Hines


Transform Reality
I came from abuse, I came from sorrow.
What happened yesterday doesn’t determine tomorrow.
I remember the past so vividly, peoples
preconceptions about who I was gonna be
People in my old city thought they knew me.

We in a world where we believe in fixed reality.
The person you were yesterday isn’t who you have to be.
Ignorant people talking about, “It’s just your destiny.”
Stop complaining about life and be free.
Do what you want, be who you want to be.
Went from the streets to a student at Seattle University.
Nothing is fixed, transform your reality.

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