I Have a Right to Be Me

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Why do you make me feel bad?

Because I don’t think like you?
Because I don’t act like you?
Because I don’t see things like you?
Because I don’t believe like you?

Why do you judge so harshly?

Can’t I be free to form my own opinions?
To have my own experiences?
To have my own beliefs?
To be my own person?

What are you afraid of?

That I’ll taint you?
That I’ll challenge you?
That you’ll be forced to look at yourself?
That you’ll see you’re wrong?

Why do I choose to let you hurt me?

Am I afraid of rejection?
Am I afraid to be alone?
Do I value your opinion more than myself?
Do I believe you are better than me?

I will choose to listen to my heart.

I have a right to be valued.
I have a right to be treated with respect.
I have a right to be accepted.
I have a right to be me.

~ Laurie Pontious-Andrews

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About unabashedhope

The name Unabashed Hope comes from my favorite poem by Emily Dickinson. Unabashed means not embarrassed, disconcerted or ashamed. I believe Emily's poem, Hope is the Thing with Feathers, says it best: Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all, And sweetest in the gale is heard; And sore must be the storm That could abash the little bird That kept so many warm. I've heard it in the chilliest land And on the strangest sea; Yet, never, in extremity, It asked a crumb of me.

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