Hey, you. Yeah, you. Come closer.
You look surprised.
I know, it’s weird, hearing me speak. Usually, you’re the one speaking, but I’ve got something I need to tell you. Oh, don’t look so shocked. Now, I need you to listen to me, okay?
I know you. I know you better than anyone else in the world. I’ve been there for you ever since you were very little. I remember when you were a baby. Your eyes were so blue then, and you were so carefree. I was there for you when you were a little kid, with your messy braids and your braces and stuff. I saw it all. I watched you play, and I watched you grow.
Okay, I know you’re a little surprised, but please close your mouth. Try to relax.
I was there during your awkward teenage phase. When you got your first zit, I wanted to tell you it wasn’t the end of the world and to just calm down, because it wouldn’t last forever. But that was something you had to figure out for yourself. I was there all through middle school and high school. I watched you fight with your parents. I wanted to comfort you and tell you it would all be okay, but knew you’d realize that on your own. I was there every time you got sick and every time you cried.
I’ve been there through all the good and bad. I’ve seen it all.
And now, I need to tell you something. You are beautiful.
Don’t roll your eyes at me. I’m being serious.
Look at yourself. Look at me. I’m telling you, you’re beautiful.
And I’ve noticed lately that you’ve been a bit down. You’ve been picking yourself apart, analyzing every feature, and telling yourself that you’re not good enough. It breaks my heart to hear that.
It doesn’t have to be like that. What you’re doing is destructive. Look at you. You’re a beautiful person, with a bright future. You know that. You’ve had so many people tell you that exact thing, yet you don’t seem to believe it. Maybe you’ll believe it coming from me. I don’t know. All I know is that when you bring yourself down, you bring me down with you.
Try to be happy. I know you can do it; I’ve seen you happy. I’ve seen you smile-but not just that. I’ve seen you glow. Find that glow again. You can do it.