I’ll be strong and I’ll be brave. I’ll say no when I mean no. I’ll say yes when I mean yes. I’ll take my moments to breathe. I’ll stand in the few moments between night and dawn and think my thoughts freely. They will prepare me for the day ahead. I’ll get up every day and be thankful for that day. I’ll lay my head upon my pillow every night with that same thankfulness in my heart.
I will smile when I want to smile and I will cry when I need I need to cry. I will not be made a victim either by circumstance or by individual. I will wear my courage like I wear my clothing. And all who know me will be proud to call me friend. I will not lie to get my way or victimize another.
I will be strong not because I have to be strong but because I am strong. This is who I aspire to be. This is who I am. No one will shake my foundation because it is made of steel. This is my declaration.
I am NOT a victim.