I’m proud to be part of a writing group whose members simply call it ‘the Pack.’ We follow the writer Mirriam Neal (our pack leader), and encourage each other in every endeavor we — either wisely or ridiculously — choose to pursue. It’s through this wonderful group of girls that I met my best friend. These awe-inspiring people have taught me the true meaning of friendship and unconditional love, even for those of us that are the most flawed.
We’re an odd bunch. Any one of us will admit that. And I think that unorthodox-ness sometimes makes us feel inferior, other, or unwanted.
I recently read a blog post by a very, very dear friend of mine. The overall feeling I got was that she doesn’t see her full worth. I look at her and see someone funny, beautiful, and wise beyond her years. Her soul is inspiring, whether it’s making me giggle or see the world through the beautiful stained-glass window she has created. She thinks she’s awkward and hard to love, but all the qualities that she thinks make her lesser are what I love most about her. They make her who she is. And if someone doesn’t love you for who you are … get rid of them.
I am here to tell you of your importance. As I’ve come closer to Christ, I’ve truly began to understand the power of love for others. I may not know you personally, but I testify to you that the qualities you have are not what make you inferior, but what make you special. Perhaps you have a strange sense of humor. Perhaps you like to read about neuroscience. Perhaps you don’t get metaphors. Perhaps you have difficulty around people. I don’t care — you are special. You, just by existing, make the world a better place.
Think about it: where would the world be without you? I can tell you most assuredly that it would be empty. Maybe the world would continue to spin, but it would feel the absence. Have you ever seen the Christmas film It’s a Wonderful Life? It’s one of my dad’s favorite movies, and I finally watched it last December. It’s about how a man who feels everyone would be better without him is shown how the world would have been different had he never been born. In the end, he realizes how many blessings he has, and what a blessing he has been.
You are a blessing. Maybe you’re a social butterfly, maybe you’re Muslim, maybe you’re a survivor of abuse. You are unique, wonderful, irreplaceable, inspiring. I want you to look in the mirror and see what I could see: an amazing individual who deserves every chance. Someone who is loved. Someone who deserves to be loved by themselves.
Learn to love yourself. I love you. But most importantly, God loves you. He’s given everything for you, and I want you to know that no matter what you feel, you can always turn to Him. Maybe you won’t get your answer immediately, but He is there, His hand outstretched, just waiting for you to take it.
Don’t cut. Don’t cry. Know that there’s someone out there, even if she doesn’t know you, who prays for you and cares about you. If a perfect stranger can do that, please do it for yourself, too.
With all the love in my heart,
(Read this adorable thing I found).