The SOVA Project is happy to feature this blog post written by one in our team of fantastic SOVA Ambassadors—these are young people who help create meaningful blog posts from adolescents’ perspectives.
You taught me that life is precious.
It’s fragile and slippery
and if I stop paying attention
it might slip right out of my grasp.
You taught me to always remember
how much I have.
Sometimes I’ll forget
how much I really do have.
You taught me to be brave.
To follow my heart and to not be afraid to speak my mind,
because even when it hurts,
it always gets better if I let it.
You taught me to believe in myself.
To not care too much about what people say because deep down,
I know what’s right and wrong, I know what’s good and bad,
and I know what’s best for myself.
You taught me to embrace what makes me special.
My talents are the parts of me that make me who I am,
and I can sparkle and shine
if I let the world see.
You taught me that to be selfless
is to comfort others even when
you are the one who desperately
needs to be comforted.
You taught me that to be realistic
is to let down your guard once in a while,
and accept comfort even when
you don’t think you need it.
You taught me that to be a good person
is to be selfless and realistic. There is a balance,
and if you break that balance you’ll break your heart
along with the hearts of those who care about you.
You taught me to be a good person.
You needed me to be a good person.
You helped me always be a good person,
for my sake and for yours.
I promise to never forget that I’m loved.
What are lessons that you have learned on your own about how you see yourself? Do you do anything for self-care or to help with your view of yourself? Have you talked to your child about the importance of self-love?