“A moment of love, a dream, a laugh.
A kiss, a cry.
Our rights, our wrongs.”
This is your life.
When you look in the mirror every morning and brush your teeth and comb your hair, do you ever wonder “I see my reflection, but who am I really?”
I was sifting through old papers today and found two things that made me cry.
The first was a picture of my little, two-year-old self, posing with lipstick in my favorite blue dress.
The innocence in my eyes. That feeling that I could do whatever I wanted to do and be whoever I wanted to be. That look in my eyes that says, “the world is a beautiful place full of beautiful people.”
And then the world breaks you. And you become hardened. Where does that innocence go?
Later, I found a poem I had written many years ago. With tears in my eyes I read the words I had written. So wise though I was still so young:
The Girl in the Mirror
You, yes you, girl in the mirror.
Turn around and look at me.
Tears don’t dry when they fall inside.
Life isn’t as cruel as you think it be.
Stare into each other’s eyes.
Who is she?
She is familiar,
But now a blur of mystery.
Touch the mirror and she touches back.
Remember the days when you were here.
Girl in the mirror, come play with me,
Your face us now so fresh and clear.
The girl in the mirror stopped crying now.
She loves herself and I showed her how.
The girl in the mirror still plays with me,
Because in my heart she’ll always be.
I think self discovery is the hardest lesson we ever will learn in this life. Through the good times and the bad times we continue to evolve. We learn, we grow, we change.
But one thing should never change and that is our lust for life, or creative drive, or innocence.
These past few years I feel like I’ve just been going through the motions.
And maybe it took a jolt like this to get back to that innocence again.
I was watching The Help the other day (I’m currently reading the book) and I just love the line:
“You is smart. You is kind. You is important.”
What a beautiful line. What a marvelous thing to teach a child.
But why only teach a child? Teach yourself!
Be the person you want to be!
Believe in yourself!
I think at almost 30 years old, I’m finally getting used to this girl in the mirror.
She’s not so bad.