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I Declare by Jorden

July 17, 2013 Posted by: Jorden

I declare to always stay true to myself...to always be Jorden, born and raised in West Philadelphia.  A lot of people tend to forget their roots, and I'm not talking about the white man bringing us here from Africa.  I'm talking about remembering those who supported you when no else cared, I'm talking about your neighborhood, your culture.  These are a few things that created the original you.

I refuse to be easily influenced by those who intentionally want to bring me down.  The attitude of being my own person descended on me a long time ago. I vow to never let my vision of individualism fade away.  I believe in speaking your mind and what you believe in.  This is the key requirement in order to stay true to yourself.

I will never bite the hand that fed me.  Instead I will return the love and support I always received from it.

I declare to never forget where I came from.  The concrete war-ground played a huge role in shaping me into the young woman I am today.  How could I forget the distinct home-cooked meals, the scent of warm sweet potatoes that roamed through my house on holiday evenings?  Forgetting all this would be like throwing half of my body, mind, and soul away.

I promise to value the symmetry of my face, love and accept the skin I'm in.  I don't want to look like the girl in the magazine.  I want to defeat what it means to be beautiful in today's society.  I will conquer my fear of loving who I really am:  An alluring, astute, dauntless young woman.  How can you stay true to yourself without doing that.


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  1. Lois - Bloomington, IN
    July 23, 2013 at 08:05

    Jorden, you have great wisdom to share with those younger (and older!) than you. I think you are and will be a great mentor.

  2. John - Seneca Falls, NY
    July 19, 2013 at 01:35

    Jorden: Those are powerful words and phrase which evoke images, smells, and memories. Excellent writing -- thank you!

  3. John - Seneca Falls, NY
    July 19, 2013 at 01:34

    Jorden: Those are powerful words and phrase which evoke images, smells, and memories. Excellent writing -- thank you!

  4. Anna - Rochester, NY
    July 19, 2013 at 12:37

    Jorden, this is lovely. How do you think the world would change if more people thought like you?

  5. Roxanne - Reno, Nevada
    July 18, 2013 at 03:31

    Good for you!

  6. Mike - Philadelphia, PA
    July 18, 2013 at 12:24

    Jorden- you're absolutely right. It's important to remember those who've supported us while we grow. As we grow it occasionally happens the we outgrow our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, sometimes even our countries. I try to never forget where I came from, but I'm also excited at where I'm going.

  7. Diane - Philadelphia, PA
    July 18, 2013 at 12:18

    Hi Jorden, You have learned a very important lesson in life. The ability to look in the mirror and love the person you see will enable you to overcome whatever challenges come your way. You know you can draw strength from your "roots" to help you overcome life's challenges. I wish every child had the kind of love and " home-cooked meals" you so vividly describe.

  8. Peggy - Natchitoches, Louisiana
    July 18, 2013 at 11:29

    What happens, if we believe in who we are, and that changes? What if a whole new mix is thrown in- if our bodies change drastically, and we find out we are not great at our favorite sport, but that we are actually great at something different. I mean, are we given the understanding of "who we are" at a specific time, or are clues revealed as we pass through time? I wish I could smell potatoes cooking right now, with all the love that goes with them.

  9. Erin - Philadelphia, PA
    July 17, 2013 at 08:30

    I love how you use a variety of verbs to give weight to your message, such as "declare", "refuse", "believe", "promise". This language positions you as being in control of yourself and your future. Right on!

  10. HELEN - Philadelphia, PA
    July 17, 2013 at 07:14

    Bravo! You are right. We add something to who we are each day by each event that we see or feel. I can almost smell those sweet potatoes.

  11. MRS. E - FALLS, PENNSYLVANIA
    July 17, 2013 at 06:50

    I loved what you wrote. I do not know what you look like but I do know that you are beautiful.

  12. Al - Aldan, PA
    July 17, 2013 at 06:26

    Huzzah! Huzzah!

  13. Bethany - Philadelphia, PA
    July 17, 2013 at 06:02

    I love the line 'symmetry of my face'. Do you feel like this is finished or are you planning to go back in for another revision?

 

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