“Listen close, dear daughter…
You don’t have to play the part of the good girl.
I know the weight that it carries.
Trying to be ‘good.’
Good is doing all the right things.
Good is self-sacrifice.
Good is what’s expected.
Good is what’s praised.
Except, good is subjective.
What looks good for some?
It can feel terrible for others.
What someone says feels good?
It may not be the right fit for you.
And what someone believes is good?
You may know in your heart, is not.
So, no, my girl.
I don’t hope for you to be good.
I hope for you to be real.
And true to you.
I believe I’ve raised you to decide right from wrong.
I believe I’ve shown you when and where kindness matters.
I believe I’ve given you the tools to make smart decisions.
I believe I’ve placed the power of choice in your hands.
And I believe in you being real over good.
Because while good may be how you’re perceived by others…
Real? Real is who you are within yourself.
So please, dear daughter, don’t try to be the good girl.
Strive to be the real one.”
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