I used to feel ugly

ashamed of my outward appearance

But now I feel beautiful

knowing my beauty is inside me

I used to isolate myself from others

never wanting to show my face

But now I am open

and having fun with friends

I used to be afraid to mess up

scared that I would be a failure

But now I know that mistakes are okay

that they teach you to be a better person

I used to think that you shouldn't be feminine

that more people would like me if I acted less girly

But now I know that I should embrace my femininity

that being a girl isn't shameful