A View from Tara’s World, Age 10

One night, Tara left a slip of paper on my pillow that she had cut out from somewhere (she couldn’t remember where).  She said she thought it had a good message and she wanted to share it with me:

Full of Ourselves Proclamation:

A girl who is full of herself, in the best sense of the phrase, might say 10 things like this:

I know who I am.

I know that I matter.

I know what matters to me.

I pay attention to what I feel and what I need.

I make choices and decisions that are good for me.

I take care of my body.

I stand up for what I believe in.

I let people know what I think, even when I’m angry or confused or in disagreement with everyone else.

I am a valuable friend.

I know I can make a positive difference in the world in my own unique way.

I told her these are words I need to live by and that I think she already does a pretty good job following this advice.  Though I do wonder if the choice to eat chocolate ice cream instead of anything with mushrooms in it would be considered good for you…?


About HomenDunRoamin

Teaching Artist & Writer: fiction, poetry & nonfiction. Recently completed work: a hybrid memoir. In progress: a novel set in an unnamed Latin American country on the brink of war. The book examines violent and nonviolent resistance and the choices women are forced to make to survive.
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2 Responses to A View from Tara’s World, Age 10

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  2. Tara says:

    This is a great piece of advice! I always thought being full of yourself was a bad thing, until I read this short idea! I can now proudly say I am (partially?) full of myself.

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