|Project be confident|
Claire Caubre attended my workshop for High School girls yesterday, and is the author of this poem. Claire is an AMAZING bright light, and her poem literally blew me away. I am honored that she gave me permission to share it with you, and hope you love it as much as I do.
If, one day, I have a daughter, the first thing I will teach her is how to say “no”. I will have her say it over and over again until her voice no longer trembles. She’ll say it softly, calmly, the way I say yes. For her, “no” will be effortless. She will know that “no” is not the end of the conversation, the beginning of a negotiation. She will know when to walk away. She will know that ”no” does not need to be justified, or explained, it is a full sentence. She will know not to feel guilty when the word leaves her lips. She will know to keep her head up and her shoulders back. She will know to feel pride for choosing herself, for choosing to not give away parts of her to people who cannot appreciate them. If, one day, I have a daughter, I will teach her that sometimes there is more love in that small two letter word than the three letters that the rest of the world will tell her she needs for happiness.