by Ray Arterburn, 20 (in 2018 when this was written)

Everyone thinks I’m a badass—
which is really a lie, by the way.
I got to put on my pants one leg at a time
and I’m disabled…so it probably takes a bit longer!

But I do what I want to do.

I used to not be comfortable in my own skin
but now I let my freak flag fly!

I ain’t got much time left
so I’m gonna spend my
dark humor-spittin’, adventure-takin’,
woman-loving, country music ass,
making it the way I want it to be.

Quote: “Y’all are awesome! When I was trying to figure out myself I found this loving and understanding place that helps young people like me find their voice.”

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