Revelations by Minowa Mendez for Youth Voices

By Minowa Mendez

I tell myself today will be different
I won’t blame myself
I’ll love the body I’m in
I’m okay

But this picture-perfect idea that
Healing isn’t messy 
And feeling is binary 
You’re either happy or sad

It’s bullshit 
Because it’s a struggle 
And working on myself 
Is a lifelong process 

I don’t have to be what you think
I don’t have to love myself every day
I don’t have to be anything you want

I am
Flawed

I am 
Different

I am
Valid

These feelings
Are valid

I tell myself today will be different 

It is. 

Valid.