By Mary Beth Spang

The pain of my dream lies in the effort to shape reality—
To manipulate a notion that should not exist in actuality.

My dream is never realized precisely as it’s planned.
So why am I disappointed when I fail to meet its every demand?

I challenge myself instead to adapt, to sit still, and to strengthen—
When my dream I thought I had… turns out to be mistaken.


Mary Beth Spang is a PsyD student in Pittsburgh, PA. She has worked in mental health since graduating with her master’s degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2019). She is also a proud Penn State graduate (2015). Diagnosed with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, she writes about her personal experience living with and managing mental illness. Her writing has appeared in The Mighty, Disability Disclosed, and Germ Magazine. 

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