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.