Dear baby girl,

i. you are worth it,
please don’t let anyone diminish
your radiant flame that could light
up the entire night sky.

ii. you were not
meant to be beautiful,
please don’t let anyone bind
you to simplicities such as those.
you are much more than just kind words, you are a galaxy, an array
of mysteries, you aren’t
meant to be tied down to just

iii. it’s okay to make mistakes.
you weren’t created to be perfect,
you were created to live,
and making mistakes is a part of that.
even the most beautiful pieces of art have their rough edges.

iiii. it’s okay to break
down at 3 in the morning
with alcohol in your veins,
screaming at the top of your
lungs with tears streaming
down your face wondering why
you’re here. you’re feeling, and
that’s okay.

v. not everyone you love
will love you in return, but
don’t ever stop loving. even when
your heart begins to ache and
your eyes begin to tell nothing more than white noise please,
do not give up.
love comes when we least expect it.

vi. do not romanticize drugs and broken hearts. there is nothing
romantic about ruining yourself for someone else.

vii. i understand how hard it is,
but even if you just try,
please love yourself. whether
you’re a size 00 or a size 20, male, female, or everything yet nothing in between, you are worthy
of self love and self respect.
but do not try to make yourself
feel better making others
feel worse.

viii. it’s totally okay to question your sexuality, gender, or religion.
you won’t always believe
what you were grown up being
told. you won’t grow up loving boys and you won’t grow up loving girls, you won’t always pray to the same God your mom does, and you won’t feel like a boy and you won’t feel like a girl just because you have that genital in between your legs.

viiii. it’s okay to be afraid,
we don’t always understand
what we feel or what we think
and it’s okay to be afraid of that.
but do not let fear control you.

x. live. just live because
we never know when the world
will take us and you don’t
want to leave with regrets when
it does. kiss that person
you like even if they don’t kiss back.
but they might, you won’t know
until you try.
show your friends how much
you love them and go on as
many adventures as you can.
get into some trouble, it’s okay.
just don’t do anything drastic.
you need to experience and you need
to live because only then will
you be happy.

things I wish my mother had taught me

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