It’s the last Wednesday of women’s history month, and I have spent the last four weeks writing letters to Women who have marked history. Today, I want to write a letter to a few people who have yet to leave their mark.
Good morning sunshines,
I hope you realize how wonderful you are. You are brilliant, you are beautiful, and you are beloved. The whole world rises to greet your smiling faces…but before you walk out that door, there are a few things I need you to know.
The arc of the moral universe bends towards justice, but not naturally. It bends toward justice because of people like us, holding on for dear life, putting all of our weight on that end of the scale. Whatever you do, don’t let go.
Not everyone will be happy to see you. They will roll their eyes, and say horrible things. The polite ones will mutter under their breath. The ill-mannered will shout them from across the room. They will do and say anything to make you feel bad about who you are and where you came from. They will place obstacle after obstacle in your path…but you, my loves, must trudge through their muck and mire. It will be hard. You’ll get dirty. You’ll get tired, but you must not stop. Because history is waiting for you.
You see, those poor miserable souls, with their twisted lips, and twisted ways, even their lives will be better because of you. So even when they rain on your parade, or sling mud in your direction, be deft enough to duck and dive, but don’t you dare shuck and jive. Keep living my loves, and you’ll soon know the difference.
Respect yourself. Do not live down to anyone’s expectations. I want you, instead, to live up to your dreams. So dream big…and get moving.
Respect other people. I was going to give you an entire dissertation on respecting women, but regardless of a person’s sex organs, identity, or any other identifying characteristics, treat people well.
Finally, know that you are not alone. There is a sea of people along for this ride. Some of them you know. Many of them you do not. But you are all working together to shape the future of the planet.
I can hardly wait to see what you all come up with.