To the Girl Who…

To the girl who feels misunderstood

Who gets labeled as negative when she chooses to be real instead of fake

To the girl who gets re-directed or handled because they only want to hear what they want to hear

To the girl who speaks up when every one else is being quiet

To the girl who votes no when everyone else votes yes

To the girl who is afraid of what they’ll think this time because they hurt you last time

Who feels she can’t speak the truth but shows her emotions all too well

To the girl who is just not naturally bubbly –  all the time

I see you

I understand you

I AM YOU

My darling, do not focus on the pain. Don’t dwell on their responses. Don’t replay how they made you feel. It’ll only make it worse. Don’t let them make you feel guilty over and over. Don’t worry about how they see you.

Instead, understand that you are allowed to just be you. There will always be critics. They don’t get you? So what! You know your intentions and so does God.

If you make a mistake, apologize and move forward. If you unintentionally hurt someone, sincerely apologize. If they can’t let it go, that’s on them. Smile and move on.

Let me repeat that: Smile and move on.

Embrace your boldness! Own it! Love it!

Is this all easier said than done? Oh, but of course! Such is life darling!

But, it is your life. Live it the way you need to live it, not how others want you to.

Be brave!

Be you!

xoxo

Ash

Author: Ashley

Midwest girl. Enjoying life with my husband.