They always tell you what you cannot and cannot be,
I never focused on them,
I focused on me.
Yes, maybe I like to read my books instead of party,
and yes, maybe I don't look like what you find in a magazine.
I might not have a small waist or a pretty face.
I might not have a nice smile or eyes the sparkle.
But what I do have?
I have the courage to stand up to someone who says I'm not good enough.
I have the willpower to show someone that I am worth fighting for.
And even though I have been left by people I love,
and pushed aside like an obstacle that is in your way,
I still have the audacity to smile and show the world that I'm better than that.
I am better than lowering my self down to the ways of society just so I can fit in.
I am better than to tell you lies so you will still like me.
I know that I don't need a pack of friends to feel like I'm worthy of being cared for.
I do not need compliments thrown at me like I'm a flock of seagulls scrounging for that last piece of bread left in your hand.
And I am certain that I can keep my tears choked back no matter what comes my way.
I am certain that I am not loved widely, but I am loved deeply by the ones that matter most.
I am... strong.