The world constantly tells you that you are beautiful, that you are perfect and to just be yourself, but the world also tells you that in order to do that you need to be thin, to have silky smooth hair, perfect teeth, be positive and talented, to have people dying to be you, hang out with you, go out with you, so what part of the world do you listen to? Here's the thing, there are about 7 billion people on this earth, it is impossible to make 7 BILLION people happy, but you can definitely make 1 person happy, that person is you. Its true, everyone wants to be loved and accepted but if people don't love you or accept yo for who you really are, they are not accepting you, they are accepting the shadow, the cracked, hollow casing you made of yourself so you could feel happy because people would hang out with you. However shadows are dark, and the casings are hollow and empty of the feeling your really looking for. That love you are searching for is only real when its the real you, otherwise the thing, not person but thing, because it is fake, that they love doesn't exist. You exist and you matter and if people do not love you for who you are then they never truly loved you. If you come out of your shadow, into the light and fill the hollow cast then the people you have been searching for this whole time, a family of people who truly love you for you will emerge and you can be the real kind of happy. The kind of happy you could not feel before, because once you become the whole version of yourself you are set free. It is within you to be happy, it is within you that you are strong, it is within you that you are beautiful. Within you is love.
People say we are the stars of our own story, well here's a little fact about stars, the hotter they are, the brighter they burn. Listening to that I am sure you are wondering why I just told you a fact about stars, its because I think this most certainly can apply to people. It is engraved in our brains from a very young age that there are 2 kinds of people, the smart ones and the beautiful ones, however this is not true in any way, shape, or form. The brightest stars are the hottest, your brain can make you beautiful in so many ways, and the most beautiful faces can still be scientific geniuses. Intelligence and beauty are not intertwined, they are completely separate from one another, so next time someone asks you "beauty or brains" you can say both, because you, like a star, can be hotter AND brighter.
Fire, a dangerous and destructive thing. When most people think of fire, they think exactly that, death, smoke, and just pain in general. This is true but fire is more. People always tell you that you need to make mistakes in order to learn from it and its true. But why would we need to feel pain, emotionally, or physically? I know there are someday when you ask why this had to happen to you, if everything happens for a reason what it the reason this is happening, this can be an impossible question. Well hears the answer, to make you stronger, pain is there to help you grow, to become better, to inspire you, to make you have something to work towards. Think about most of the people in today society who we call heroes, most did not have an easy life, they had the fire, they had something they needed to escape, they had to run away from the smoke to keep from breathing in the ashes, and because they had a reason to run forward, because they had a reason to keep trying to get something better, they turned into something amazing. So embrace the fire, walk through it with a smile because while the fire may be painful you can turn it into something amazing. Fire may seem destructive at times and it is, but it can give life too, like with forest fires, they may be dangerous but they are actually essential to the environment. They are essential to your life too, and no matter how big the fire i promise you can walk through it, sure you may burn yourself a few times but burns heal, and so will you.
Alot of girls are asked weather they would rather be beautiful or smart, hears my answer; I don't understand the question. Last time I checked putting on mascara dose not glue a girls eyes shut so she cant read the great works of Shakespeare. Last time I checked her fake nails don't keep her from holding her pencil and finishing up that calculus problem. Last time I checked a girls lip gloss dose not seal her mouth closed and prevent her from speaking up to give an oral report. Last time I checked a girls primer dose not rot her brain. Last time I checked a girls eye shadow doesn't make them so heavy that she falls asleep in class. In fact last time I checked we can do it all and more. So now lets rephrase the question, how many times have you been asked "beauty or brains" because last time I checked we are asked it far to many times. Nobody tells a man that he is too handsome to run for office so why are we any different. So back to the question, beauty or brains, I will take both, thanks.
As many of us grow up we face hard times in life, and sometimes we wont want to talk about them because we are afraid people wont understand because "she is so perfect" "that girls so smart" and everyone but me has a way better life. But guess what that girl who you saw walking down the hallway with the medal hanging around her neck that you thought won everything, she has been trying for 3 years to win that award. That girl who you thought was rich because she has her own credit card, she works 6 hours a day to support her family. That girl who gets As everyday in English class who you thought was a genius, she is struggling in that class and had to get a tutor. That girl who you saw with the perfectly clear skin, she is getting surgeries done on it because people kept telling her she was not pretty. That girl with a boyfriend "living in a romance novel", that is really her brother who is pretending to be her boyfriend so she will fit in. YOU have an amazing body, no matter what it looks like. YOU are smart, no matter what the grades you get. YOU try hard and earn what you get. YOU are talented, no matter what people say. YOU have good in you, no matter what rumors you may here. YOU are beautiful, no matter what that magazine says. YOU are worth it. THAT is what makes you a human being worth knowing. THAT is what makes your life beautiful, even though life can be messy. Not grades that will disappear in the summer. Not skin that will eventually change as you grow up. Not the competitions you win at an age as young as ours. Not that you have money to flaunt around. What matters is the PERSON you grow up to be. Not what you got now, but what you will gain later. So your right, I DON'T understand because my life inst the same as yours, that dose not mean its easier, it just means its different. So tell me, MAKE me me understand, because through caring and understanding is how we change each other, build each other up, and find strength inside you that you did not know was there. So tell me, no matter who I am, or what you think I have, because just like I don't understand, you don't understand what I am going through, not unless I tell you myself. Don't judge me by what you think because chances are your guess was way wrong, understand me, so I can understand you.
Hope, what an interesting word, with some many definitions, so many rules, people telling you not to loose it or to break it, to keep it with you because it will fix it all, however this isn't true at all. Hope dose not fix things, people do, and weather or not they have hope wont matter, because I can hope that something will get fixed all i want but it wont magically be fixed with hope. Hope drives actions, THAT is why we need it. Hope is a strange word in itself, break it down, the first word is hop, hop over obstetrical, hop twords the stars, hopping is an action, it is powered by hope. The after hop we have the "E" this stands for everyone, EVERYONE needs to hop over the obstacles, or we will get left behind, and when we are left behind out hope is lost or broken and without hope, there is no hop there is no E and then there is nothing. THIS is why we need hope, not to provide us with a imaginary sense of happiness that we know isn't there, its to push us through bad and hop over the obstacles, everyone together.
Wonder Woman has become an iconic figure through the lives of many young girls because she is such a strong independent woman. It is a common misconception that superheros don't exist, however this is completely untrue. Superheros exist all around us, they are every where, you may even be one of them. See that man walking across the street buying blankets, he has taken in a foster kid. See that little girl with the pig tails playing jump rope, she stood up for a kid who was being bullied yesterday. See that old man walking his dog, he adopted that dog yesterday to keep it from being killed. There are heroes all around us, sure they may not have super human strength, lazer eyes but they are doing what heroes do, making change to be better so that the world is better for everyone else no matter what it cost them. We can all be superheros, we can all be Wonder Woman.
People can be horrible sometimes, they can put a value on others opinion simply because they don't agree with it. Many times in your life you have most likely been silenced because "its not your place" or because "your not old enough" or even because "your a girl". it can be frustrating to not be able to voice your opinion and its unfortunate that some people feel they have more power over you simply because they are them and you are you. These types of people are toxic, they confine you to your head, making your only opinion hushed, giving you the impression that your voice wont matter. However it does, you can decide how you feel and take action because no one else has YOUR voice they may share an opinion but it will never be you who speaks. Rosa Parks is a remarkable woman in history because she voiced her opinion and she didn't even have to speak, her actions spoke for her. Many people were fighting for Rosa's cause, they shared an opinion, but HER voice among hundreds of others changed history. The same goes for you, many people in the world may be fighting for something you believe in, but much like in the story of Rosa Parks nobody will say something the same way you could, nobody has your voice, only you do, so don't waste it, put it to good use. Millions of people may be trying to change something to make the world a better place, but without each individual person fighting then there is no army, only a person. One person can change everything, Rosa Parks changed everything, because one million is a HUGE number, but one million starts with one.