Yes you are beautiful,
Even though you hurt.
Even though you have hurt others.
Even though you are broken.
Even though you can be prideful…
Even when your eyebrows aren’t done.
Dear beautiful, your heart is still big,
You are beautiful.
Love is unafraid.
It is walking into a room and blessing others with the fullness of who you are,
It is ignoring the voices that tell you they don’t love you back.
Love is forgiveness.
Love is honoring others’ glow.
Love is protecting and sustaining your own.
You are love.
The faithful ask questions…
The faithful trust they will find the answers.
They know the truth; it is embedded in their hearts.
Their life reflects their hearts.
You are faithful.
Strength is asking for help,
Strength is accepting help,
Strength is being vulnerable (even beyond this pen).
Strength is sticking with it, no matter how hard, no matter how depriving it is in the moment.
Strength gets things done.
Dear strong, you don’t have to prove your strength; you exude it.
You are strong.
Success has no expiration date.
Success is failing then growing, failing then growing, failing then growing and failing and growing again and again.
Success is being authentic.
Success is following God’s will.
Success is making Momma and Popop proud.
You are already success.
Courage is living the life that you thought you didn’t deserve.
Courage is unabashedly shining, without worrying about others’ insecurities,
Courage is speaking the truth.
Courage is being a student of who you are, then accepting it.
You are courage.
Samantha Major is a writer and spoken word artist from ATL via Philly. She enjoys changing the world through her writing and teaching. She also enjoys the thrill of searching for the perfect out-of-town Philly Cheesesteak (she has not found any success in this pursuit).