What does it mean to be a girl?
Are you made of sugar and spice and everything nice?
Or are you made of fire?
Do you sit back and let others determine your path?
Or do you choose the road that suits you best?
Dolls and trucks and dresses and dirt are all the same to you.
You have dreams for yourself beyond what others can imagine for you.
You want to fly, to run, to eat cookies. To play in the snow, in the sun, in your pajamas.
You bear the weight of protection and perfection equally, whether you know it or not.
They may silence you, but they can never take your voice. Remember that.
You will love passionately and live fearlessly...if they let you.
I'll let you.
The United Nations has declared October 11 to be the International Day of the Girl Child to bring awareness of the challenges facing girls around the world, particularly those in developing nations who lack access to the education that can lead them out of poverty. Please visit Because I am A Girl to find out about ways we can support these important initiatives all year round.