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“Don’t ever forget your worth,”
she told me.
When all the gold stops glittering
and the praise seems to completely fade,
when all you thought you knew
turns out to be less than true,
when all you wanted and hoped to be
comes crashing at your feet,
when the mirror of your dreams shatters,
when all else scatters from your presence
and you’re hesitant that you’ll ever find your bliss,
know this,
when you are stripped down, bare
bones showing
owing no one any explanation
or rationalization
for your place in this world,
when unfurled before you
is the very essence of you,
view it boldly,
hold that gaze,
because when all else fades
your worth will not change
you are what remains
and what remains
is glorious.