I was getting lost in my own mind, while on the world wide web (that can be a very tangled and scary place, my brain) and I stumbled across poetry.
I loved writing poems as a girl. I had this pretty notebook, the sides of the pages, when closed, were gold. The front of the book was pink and purple swirls. When you looked at the front, you never saw the same thing. I thought it was very fitting to hold poems.
I started to read poems. My early teen years came rushing back. This was how I coped with my teen years. Writing out all my emotions and feelings, just seeing them on paper. Sometimes in a neat little haiku. I filled my notebook. Teen years are a lot of feelings and emotions.
I came across this poem that really spoke to me. It made me feel like it’s going to be OK!
DON’T BE BEAUTIFUL
They keep saying that beautiful is something a girl needs to be.
But honestly? Forget that. Don’t be beautiful.
Be angry, be intelligent, be witty, be klutzy, be interesting,
be funny, be adventurous, be crazy, be talented –
there are an eternity of other things
to be other than beautiful.
And what is beautiful anyway
but a set of letters strung together to make a word?
Be your own definition of amazing, always.
That is so much more important than anything beautiful, ever.
Isn’t this just the most, gah! Hits home.
When I read this, my reaction was, YA!!!!!!!!!!!
This may be going right beside my vanity (irony?!).
Today I will be a little smarter than my kids.