I told myself I was coming here with an open mind

I told myself I was coming here with an open mind
but while driving the winding road,
that thought faded in the distanced hills that were left behind.
Once I arrived and walked through the door, I looked at everyone's face.
I recognized the ones like me because they looked uncomfortable and out of place.
I observed the people like me and as the days went by I could see
the classes helped them, all it took was time.
I hope I can be as receptive as the people like me
because I know at the end of the tunnel there is light to see
I do know if I don't take advantage of the help & advice that has been awarded me,
to become the person that I can fully be,
knowing I'll be able to set myself free
then all I can say is "shame on me".
Because it will be another guilt added to my list that didn't have to be.