Stand up for what’s right, but don’t forget to be respectful.
Be confident in your own abilities, but don’t forget to ask for help when you need it.
Because you see, sweet girl, there’s nothing wrong with being a force. Our world needs women like you; to speak up, to fight for good, to break down barriers and stand out in crowds.
But don’t forget the value of a gentle spirit.
Don’t forget the power of a kind word.
Don’t forget the impact of a selfless gesture.
Be you, baby. Set the world ablaze with your fire. But don’t ever feel weak if you’re not a “boss” or a “queen” or whatever they’re calling strong women these days.
Because there’s a fine line between being a boss and being bossy, and there’s something to be said for being sweet.
This piece originally appeared at Daylight to Dark, published with permission.