Two Eyes

Leo Pitsillides, 17, London

0728_Young Leaders_0047_LEO.jpg

Two eyes.

I remember two eyes which were once so filled with life and love now blank as if only physical body remains, addiction retains.

The consciousness stuck in a timeless loop where it's hard to see some sort of change.

A change that I feel is placed on my shoulders because I have the voice that can pierce through those blinded eyes to reach the soul inside.

And yet words elude me.

The fear controlled by complete and utter selfishness holds back this needed change even though within a month, a week, a day, there may be nobody left to hear what I need to say.

But this is the thing. I know that my worry, my fear, my guilt, it's absurd! Based purely off my future imaginations, a world I am foreseeing but is yet to be seen, a world I exist in but is yet non-existent.

However, despite being aware the mind still had control over body and soul, whether or not energy is low. And if you're hearing this right now not knowing who the hell I am, thinking that I've never experienced the buzz off some gear and a can, think again. 

I can assure you I know better then most the feeling of this other world, but this world can become reality. And at times I can tell that these beautiful, blissful eyes are clear and aware, but this awareness means nothing when realisations are made in that distant dimension, in this other world which is slowly but surely taking control.

But isn't the mess, the money, the risk their choice? Their life? Their mind? Of course! But if you're willing to take responsibility for those future images, those images that somehow everyday find their way inside your brain, why not fight? Why not find? Why not free? Why would you not take responsibility?

Leo is a member of our Young Leaders programme. The Almeida Young Leaders is a scheme giving young people with something vital to say the tools and platform to do so. Each young leader has been mentored by a writer and director to develop their ideas, structuring a speech and skills in public speaking.