My job isn't to make you feel comfortable

To show that I care about how you feel about me

Everyone repeat after me: MY worth is not diminished by what others think or say about me.


You want me to care, and I do to a certain extent, but I'm not so wrapped up in your ideas of me that I am willing to compromise who I am in order to please you or anyone. I'm too smart for that.

Because ya see, it'll start with something small.

You should do this, then that and next thing you know I'm a completely different person than who I was previously.

So much so that I don't even recognize myself in the mirror, having hung myself out to dry. 

Your feigned motivation is that you're trying to help me be better, that maybe if I changed my hair, my clothes, my smile I'd be well liked or be a better version of myself.

Or maybe if I dimmed this light within me that I could be cooler or more agreeable.

But the truth is you know I'm great!

Great just the way I am.

Far too great for you not to try to bring me down. 

Stopping me in my tracks, being a fork in my road is worth the risk to you.

You rather bring me down to your level instead of rising to mine, for elevating yourself is a much more difficult task.

The day I discovered my own potential

The day I found my true talents, and gifts was a day from hell for you.

You want me to be ignorant of all that I have to offer. You want me to stay when I have so many places to go and so many people to see.

And even you, the one who has attempted so earnestly to bring me down, has good with in you. 

You have so much to give the world. If only, you could see that bringing me down makes you look bad. It shows just how scared, insecure, and self-unaware you are.

If only, you could see that you too have a light within you.

A light that should be dimmed for no one. Not a lover nor a friend. Not a teacher nor a relative. Not an authority nor a peer.

Not for anybody. You were meant to be shiny. You were meant to sparkle.

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