This is a spoken word piece I wrote about loving ourselves as we are.
Can we stop this pattern of self deprecation, self hate?
It’s going around far too much amongst us all of late.
I must admit I myself am a contender
I’ll tell you now that I have been a repeat offender,
This inner disgust when I look at myself,
Valuing the superficial over my health,
The need to trim and pluck and cover all of my flaws.
The things that make me me I keep locked behind doors,
Thinking if I lose weight I’ll feel better for sure.
But I’ve heard it from a model that they’re most insecure.
I’ve hated the fact that I’ve got dark skin,
And when it’s night-time all you can see is my grin.
But something I’ve learned and I know it is true,
Is the ones who really matter will love you for you.
It shouldn’t matter whether you’re large or you’re thin,
The most important things all come from within.
Sometimes I don’t go out and be the best that I can be,
Because instead I’m in my head thinking of how you see me.
What if I look stupid? What if my teeth aren’t white?
What if my face is weird? What if my clothes don’t fit right?
Why can’t I look perfect like the person on my screen?
If I could be like that, I’d have better self-esteem.
But maybe if we focused on the things we are and can do,
We’ll realize that reality is only what we make true.
Some of us are good with words, some are good with tools.
Some of us are clever and some love being fools.
We are who we are and the earth needs every one,
‘Cos if we’re all the same, how would things get done?
So please don’t try to fit yourself into a little square.
If someone doesn’t like you, that’s no reason to despair.
Can you call someone a friend if they don’t know the real you?
If they won’t defend your choices, if they want to change you?
Don’t let your happiness belong to other people.
Don’t be ashamed or change yourself just to be an equal.
Why should our differences cause us any shame?
Each one of us is beautiful because we’re not the same.
Our imperfections are the things that make us who we are,
Every little freckle and birthmark and scar.
It doesn’t make sense when we’re all individuals,
To compare ourselves between ourselves and sit around miserable.
So let yourself be you, and let me be me.
Ignore the ones who hold you back and one day they’ll see,
That you chased your own dreams, pursued all your goals,
Lived so you had no regrets when you got old.
You only get one life, so don’t walk it in a straight line.
Do the things that scare you, and let the real you shine.
Your body is yours, so take the control.
Speak out and tell your story, don’t be the untold.
Your heart is yours to give so love who you want to.
Your life is yours to live, so let your true self come through.
So many different souls on earth, so why should I be
Anyone or anything other than me?
Written by Lari 2019