Listen closely, pretty girl, to these words. Others will lie and say they are not true and that you must focus your energy on keeping that pretty look. But that is a lie. You might think that you are less than the girl with blue eyes or blonde hair or clear skin or subtle curves on a skinny frame. And it wouldn’t be your fault. Listen closely, thoughtful girl, to these words. That other girl isn’t more and you are not less, you are both simply yourselves, young, hopeful, and longing for a love that will make you feel whole. Note that it is love that will make you feel whole, but not in the way you think it will. It will be love in the way that you think. Right now you may think that her blue eyes are oceans that invite so many to explore, and yours a dark shadow of that, but yours are rich forests full of mystery and life. You may think her blonde locks are rays of light shining on smiling and longing faces, and that your strands are dull and flat lines, but your brown silk holds the softness of petals. And you may think her skin is a clear blue sky on a sunny day, falling only on admiring eyes, and that yours is a bumpy road no one would care to travel down, but yours shows an honest constellation of stars forming a picture of you. And you may think her frame glides and sways with a soft prance leaving no trail behind her, and that yours is a flat and barren terrain, but your planes provide a straight view of how one should walk by your side. And both of you are beautiful, as are all other girls, but that isn’t even what matters. Listen closely, creative girl, to these words. Others will have told you to find your worth in a mirror, but that is not the reflection to give you truth. You must instead reflect on who you are and who you want to become and there you’ll find all of the things that make you irreplaceable, and all of the things that I love. So think critically, clever girl, to cut out those careless lies and find that you’re valuable just as you are and always will be inside.