I have been thinking about how to help my students develop confidence in their own strength, to help nurture a sense of self-worth that will help to protect them. I have noticed how the beauty trap persists for young women, the powerful desire to be seen by the eyes of others (especially boys) as beautiful, and how this feed into their own sense of their own worthiness or unworthiness to be loved. This poem needs lots of organizing and more thought to it, but it will hold the place for now.
Don’t be beautiful.
Be edgy. Be friendly. Be bold.
Be strong. Be quirky. Be wild.
Don’t be mild.
Be fierce. Be thoughtful. Be brave.
Be gracious. Be loving. Be You.
Don’t be cute.
Be happy. Be tender. Be funny.
Be raw. Be powerful. Be real.
I think I will begin doing one item or one paragraph for a little while. I am feeling an inner shift these days, a readiness for something new.
I am grateful for love: Love wins. Follow where the love goes. That’s where the answers are.
May we walk in Beauty!