Wake up, girl. Breathe in and out, in and out. Allow the golden beginnings of dawn seep in upon your eyelids, as your hopes and fears rush in like the flock of birds outside your window. Trace the design on your quilt with your little finger until your alarm goes off. Bury your face into your cotton pillow as you savor the warmth and security of the makeshift sheet cocoon you’re tangled in, before you can’t fight the impulse to continue dreaming any longer. Swing your heavy legs out of the bed, planting your bare feet firmly against the cold wood floor.