When I was 6 I wanted to be a superhero.I wanted to fly high above the cloudsI wanted to become invisibleI wanted to be super strong I didn't seem to know about the evil When I was 8 I wanted to be a superheroI wanted people to cheer when they saw me I wanted to have glory and fameI wanted to be people's hero I didn’t seem to know about the evil When I was 10 I wanted to be a superheroI wanted my life to be a never-ending adventureI wanted to fear for my lifeI wanted that drama I didn’t seem to know about the evil When I was 13 I didn't want to be a superheroI didn't want the powersI didn't want the gloryI didn't want the drama I wanted to hold my friends and family closeI wanted to never lose anythingI wanted a life without pain or fear I finally seemed to know about the evil When I was 15 I wanted to live in a world of superheroesI wanted a dark knight to stop the sex trafficking operation in MexicoI wanted the man of steel to stop the wildfire that took over 304 homes in CaliforniaI wanted the women of wonder to save those 21 first graders from being murdered at Sandy HookBecause our current society never seemed to do anything, and I was tired of being scared for my future When I was 16 I wanted to live in a world of superheroes and I knew that was impossibleBut then I saw the #BlackLivesMatter movement begin to riseThen I saw the #MeToo movement begin to growThen I saw the #MarchForOurLives movement begin to flourishThen I saw heroes like Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Tarana Burke, and Emma Gonzalez stand up. I knew they were scared.I knew they wanted a life without pain or fearI knew they didn't want to lose anythingBut they didn't wait for their superheroes, they became their own. Now I am 17, and I want to be a superhero.I want to be that girl who speaks up when she sees an act of cruelty.I want to be that girl who advocates for more women in engineeringI want to be that girl who helps anyone she canI want to be that hero.I'm not scared anymore.
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