On the occasion of International Day of the Girl, (which was 11 th October) I wanted to share with you this poem which is dedicated to all the little girls out there. I wrote the poem ‘Because I am a Girl’ a while after my own daughter was born four years ago. That and a pic of my own little girl yesterday on the Day of the Girl, which ended up being a big day for us because she lost her first tooth! The tooth fairy came at 4 am last night and is consequently very tired today :)
My blogging friend over at Ya Mama asked me if I wanted to participate in a photo project for World Mom’s blog, where little girls are holding signs saying what they want to be when they grow up. I really liked this idea so I took the opportunity to draw something nice for my own little girl which we can keep for later. When I asked my daughter what she wants to be when she grows up, her answer (in Finnish language) was: A pilot, and a doctor. She also wanted to be a fairy. So when she grows up she will become the world’s first Pilot-Doctor-Fairy. She was so excited about it and kept asking me to add stuff like the little map and her little bro as passenger in the plane.
What I want to say with the below poem, is that every little girl out there if given the chance, can be whatever they want to. It saddens me how girls are often sheltered and hidden away, with the excuse that they are “precious pearls”. This mindset is something which is sadly still very common in KSA and of course many many other countries around the world.
So on the occasion of The Day of the Girl, I want to say to those little girls..
You are a unique beautiful person with valuable thoughts. You are not someone’s possession, adornment or a piece in a game.
Not even your parents or your husband can ever own you. Your value should not be measured by your outward appearance and your obedience to other people.
Be true to yourself first. Love yourself first, then others.
You are much more valuable than a pearl or even the rarest diamond!
You are a special, one of a kind person, not a mere jewel to be looked at and stored in a box.
You don’t need to be a pearl to shine. Your brilliance shines from within.
Don’t let anyone tell you how to dress, who to talk to or who to marry. You are NOT their doll to play games with. Your life matters just as much as anyone else’s. Follow your dreams and your ambitions, don’t let anyone put you down for being a girl.
Don’t believe anyone who says you can’t do something just because you’re a girl!
Open the door to your dreams.
Don’t be afraid to start living your life and shining your light.
For some girl-power inspiration, I recommend you read this post: Never Stop Dreaming which is about a young Saudi woman who became her own hero.
I would love to know what other little girls out there dream of being when they grow up. I saw one on instagram who said she wanted to be a dragon-trainer! How cool is that? If you have little girls, what do they want to be when they grow up? What about you, what did you want to be when you were little? I wanted to be a vet, but I ended up becoming a crazy lady instead :)