I'll Love Myself More Fully - For You

For every woman in my ancestry who got married young because you had to & not by choice - I will love myself more fully for you.

For every woman in my ancestry who wasn’t sure she could survive on her own - I will love myself & my independent adventures more fully for you.

For every woman in my ancestry who kept her dreams quiet because you put everyone else’s dreams first - I will love myself more fully for you.

And when I am graced by a man who loves himself more fully, who is determined to be a stand for a life he wants and knows is possible…

When I am graced by a man whose love builds on top of mine such that the only thing left to do is share it…

Whether it’s tomorrow, in two years, or in ten

I will love myself, and him, more fully - for you.

For your beliefs, your stories, and your dreams are in me.

And today, I let them go. So that I can love myself more fully - for me.

- Rachael Lynn 5/1/16