"I often hear this small voice in the back of my head questioning if this is my purpose. I am constantly searching for verification that this is my calling. [...] I relate to the feeling of your voice not being heard. I understand the desire to want to give up or feel as though your best is never good enough. I have even felt that there has been an anchor weighing me down and me not having the opportunity to swim up and take a breath. I am guilty of not being the kindest to myself mentally. I am constantly being judged daily but have come to the realization that the opinion that matters most and also hurts the worst would be my own."
"I looked at you and began to reflect on myself, noticing that we have felt the same way at some point in life.[...]We as the human race constantly limit ourselves and one another. I have much hope in humanity and truly believe that we are capable of great things beyond our wildest imaginations. It all starts by finding the strength within yourself to fully love and appreciate the person looking back at you in the mirror. Take time to figure that person out, converse with her/him and accept them for who they are. Embrace whatever it is that you have to offer without second guessing of feeling like what you are wrong. I am a woman of color and I’m reminded of it every day of my life by the ignorance of many. I remember being younger and constantly asking my mom to straighten my hair, asking questions like why my skin wasn’t as light as everyone else’s and why I was built differently. I only went off of what the world was feeding me in. In today’s society we create whatever the perfect image means to us and we feel obliged to meet that standard. I feel that we are contained and are becoming extremely closed-minded. Every single person that walks the face of this earth has been created equally and with purpose; therefore we have no right to devalue the person next to us because of their beliefs or physical appearance isn’t equivalent to ours. I’m all for equality. At the end of the day we all seek happiness just in different ways, which is ok. I support that you aren’t the same ethnicity as me, your sexual preference, physical characteristics, religion, standards of living and interest. Have courage; make the decision and be ok with deciding to be yourself. I am appreciative of the feminist movement taking place. I think that we are on the right path but I feel that we neglect to support each other as women within being feminist. I agree that we should be treated and rewarded just as men are. We deserve the same respect and we should feel taken just as seriously as they do. We are capable and deserving of so much more. I believe that we need to work on our relationships with one another as women. [...] Women are such beautiful gift to the world. If we just stand together we’ll realize that we are limitless. We have power but fail to realize just how strong that power really is and how effective it could be. Trust me there is room for all of us. I hate that we are being pinned against one another. Let’s stand together and conquer. Our voices roar much louder when we are united. [...]I have a special place in my heart just for you. I simply want to say THANK YOU. I am strong because of you, I am fearless because of you, and I am who I am because of you."