Though the dynamic between myself and the person to whom this was originally written to has changed, the message remains the same. I hope that all of us can some day reach a point where we truly embrace the wonderful person that we are inside and seek to live a rich and full life regardless of what might happen, knowing that our worth is inherent and cannot fade.
The original piece is below for reference, and can be found it its entirety at https://objectsanddistance.com/2019/01/14/you/
Do you not understand,
Your value is inherent;
There is nothing can define your worth,
In your heart it is apparent.
The way you smile,
The way you laugh,
The way you view the world around you
Each little thing that makes you “you”
Makes me so glad I’ve found you.
I care for you,
Just as you are,
And I will always stand beside you.
You must learn to love yourself
And know your value is inside you.
For the fuel burns and the world turns
Whether it does so with or without you,
And yes, there are people and things
That do not care about you.
What matters most
Is that you know
You matter and you are worth knowing.
Not for the work you do,
But because you’re you,
Still learning and still growing.