Affirmation Letter of the Week: "My Black Girl Manifesto"
Written and read by Dear Black Woman Brandi Keeler
This is my black girl manifesto
Sometimes I hesitate to stand in my light
But I rather blind the world with my brilliance
than comfort it with my dimness.
There are many ways to serve the world
and I have the right to choose which ways feel most in alignment with my own truth.
because truth is: I am a chocolate-covered alien.
My identity doesn't fit neatly into any, one, category.
And I am okay with that.
I embrace it.
I glorify my inner-contradictions.
I celebrate my unsolved mysteries.
I thank God for the miracle that is my imperfection.
This is how I love myself.
and THAT is how I serve the world.
Yes, I doubt and I may feel unsure at times, but I am never foolish for following my intuition. Yes, I take huge risks and I may fail at times, but I am never a failure. Yes, I struggle and I may need to retreat from the world during my personal storms.
But like the butterfly; I am aware that the darkness of my cocoon is but a space for metamorphosis. And honey, my wings are extraordinary. They grow every time I dance or laugh with my lover. They grow when I meditate. Or every time I walk barefoot on grass. They grow when I stare at the moon, or glance at the sun. They grow when I eat living foods. They grow when I wear an ankh or when I rub on coconut oil. They grow every time I see myself naked. They grow when I honor my ancestors. They grow every time I give myself grace.
My wings grow with grace.
Change is inevitable but growth is a choice and every time I choose to love myself, even in a small way, I not only grow my own wings;
I help the whole world to fly.