Light and Shade, Poems, Real Life

Make your own rules

toy shovel and pail on beach

Don’t be so loud, someone might hear you
Don’t color outside of the lines
You’re too big to be a jockey, or an astronaut
You don’t have enough grace to be a ballerina
Science and math are for boys
Girls can’t be strong, can’t be leaders
You’re not smart enough
You’re not good enough
Dreams are just dreams
A wishes never come true
Four-leaf clovers and shooting stars aren’t magic
And you will never be a real princess

Never stop reaching, never stop striving
Toward what you want to be
Ignore the “don’ts” and “can’ts”
Make your own rules

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Light and Shade Challenge: ““Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.” ~ H Jackson Brown Jr

3 thoughts on “Make your own rules”

  1. That picture and the lesson in your words..reminds me of a Broadway song. My favorite version by Barbra: “Everybody Says Don’t!” …I always listen to it when I’m not feeling “enough”.

    Just loved this.

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