Advice for Women Younger Than Me

Dennett
Dennett
Jul 10, 2017 · 2 min read
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Don’t do it
Don’t even try —
Fitting-in is overrated
And boring.

Find yourself —
Not a spot
Sandwiched
Between others.

Don’t look to the left
Or the right
And compare yourself
To what you see.

Don’t long for acceptance
Or approval —
Search for adventure
And creativity.

Change to get better
Not to be part of
Something that may not
Be worth being part of.

Walk with bold steps
As if going somewhere
Even if you don’t know
Where somewhere is.

Say no firmly and
Yes softly —
Know your limits
But push your boundaries.

Value yourself
Or no one else will —
See value in others
So they will see yours.

Forgive others
To free yourself —
Forgiveness is for the giver,
Not the receiver.

Let go of pettiness,
Revenge, and grudges —
Time settles scores
And eases hurts.

Work hard
To be better
As you define
What better is.

Know that love is
More than sex
And sex is rated higher
Than it deserves

Take responsibility for
Your body —
Only give it willingly
And with forethought.

Accept that women
Carry babies
And that is a blessing
And a curse.

Don’t create life
Where life shouldn’t be
Or isn’t valued
Or isn’t wanted.

Fun should be fun
Not scary
Not forced
Not regrettable.

Create a home for yourself
Even if you are alone —
Comfort and security
Don’t require two.

Serve others with joy
Or don’t serve at all.
Sacrifice may be necessary
But it’s not a lifestyle.

Accept the passage of time
And the signs of age —
Proof you lived and loved
Longer than many.

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Dennett

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Dennett

I am an over-sixty, self-employed bookkeeper who loves to write but rarely did until I discovered Medium. Working to work less and write more.

Athena Talks

A hub of conversation to help young women mature, budding professionals become leaders and leaders become advocates for equality.

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