This poem was written by a young man (name unknown) who died at the age of 24. He wasn't accorded the time in life that many of us have the pleasure of spending. We are all looking for acceptance and appreciation from those around us. Only learn to love yourself, then you'll see acceptance and appreciation all around you....

When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
    And the world makes you King for a day.
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself,
    And see what THAT man has to say.

For it isn't your father or mother or wife,
    Whose judgment upon you must pass.

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
    Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people might think you're a straight-shooten' chum
    And call you a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass says you're only a bum,
        If you can't look him straight in the eye.

He's the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,
    For he's with you clear up to the end.
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
    If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
    And get pats on the back as you pass.
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
    If you've cheated the man in the glass.