i. i will love myself. i will love the messiness of my hair, the weariness of it, the defiance. i will love the redness of my lips and the quirkiness of my teeth. i will love the smallness of my breasts and the fullness of my face. i will love the skin that heals and forgives. i will love all of me.
ii. i will find order in the chaos of my thoughts. i will find peace.
iii. i will speak the things i want to hear. i will write the things i want to read. i will be the person i want to meet.
iv. i will reclaim my youth, the freedom of it, the fearlessness, the romance.
v. i will be kind and i will demand kindness.
vi. i will nourish my body the best i can. i will care for it, i will heal it, i will find a home in it.
vii. i will take too many photos.
viii. i will spend less time on my phone and more time surrounded by people.
ix. i will stop biting my lips.
x. i will cry less and laugh more.
xi. i will stop fearing loss of control.
xii. i will love with a full heart. i will not fear hurt. i will live, now that i know i can survive.
– m. v., twelve promises to myself