“And you ask, ‘What if I fall?’ Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson
Silly child, stop doubting yourself. Don’t you see? The world is full of endless possibilities. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Don’t you know that it took Thomas Edison 1,000 trials before he successfully made the light bulb? Don’t you know that Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team? Don’t you know that nothing works out perfectly on the first try, or maybe even the tenth try?
But honey, don’t you ever stop trying because the moment you give up is the moment you’re about to strike gold.
To the child who doesn’t believe in herself, I wish you would listen to the words of those around you. I wish you would take a moment to clear your glasses and see yourself through the eyes of those around you. I wish you would be open to the support and love that you get because you’re so deserving of it.
I hope that one day you see yourself the way your loved ones see you. I hope that one day you realize the radiance in the room is coming from you. I hope that one day you realize that the sun may not rise and set on you, but the stars certainly do.
To the child who doesn’t see his worth, I wish you would see that your purpose is so clearly laid out. I wish you would realize that you do belong here, right now and in this moment. I wish you would stop harming yourself with such ugly words of self hate and self disgust, and I wish that you would begin to paint a picture of beauty with the colors from your soul.
I hope that someday you learn to trust others and trust their words and their love and their tender touch. I hope that one day, one day soon, you see that you are needed and you are the sunshine in someone else’s tornado. Maybe you don’t feel it now, but you are so important. I promise.
Oh silly one don’t you know? There’s a whole world out there beyond your dark cloud that’s blocking your view, hanging over you and weighing you down. Don’t you know that although so are small you are mighty? You have the power to control something incredible, it’s something called your life. You have the power to take advantage of each day and make a difference in someone’s life. You have the power to create something incredible and make an impact on society. You have the power to get your name in a history book.
You have the power to save a life, you have the power to love a life, and you have the power to create a life right now. I beg you please, get up and stop listening to sad music. I beg you to please give today a whirl, try and smile a little bit more, because it really isn’t so bad. Maybe it’s hard, but each day gets easier. Try and be thankful for something different, try and love as much as others love you because I promise they do. Try and absorb something, anything positive. You give off so much light; don’t be afraid to take some in too.
To the reflection I see in the mirror, please follow the words you write.
To the reflection I see in the mirror, practice what you preach.
To the reflection I see in the mirror, stop hiding behind your words and start living them.