To the little girl who was made fun of for wearing a pink puffy coat, who was called a chubby marshmallow and was taunted for the hair that grew on her arms; you are going to be okay.
To the young girl who witnessed her parents fighting and hearing her dad screech out of the drive way in anger, who watched and heard her dad yell and punch a priceless Thomas Kinkade; you may lock yourself in the bathroom and cry till tears become non-existent, but you are going to be okay.
To the preteen girl who was blamed by her father for the broken relationship her parents had, who was fat shamed by her cousins, who watched her mom fall a part from an unhappy marriage; you are going to be okay.
To the teenage girl who experienced what it is like to be ostracized from her friend group and those who were supposed to be her “best friends”, who was fat shamed by her father, who started to starve herself in order to become someone loved by everyone, who experienced a broken and unhealthy relationship, who dealt with endless racist jokes against her once proud nationality; you are going to be okay.
To the young blossoming woman who experienced absolute hell her first year of college, who came out as Bi and was once again ostracized but by her own relatives, who lost her first girlfriend out of the blue, who continues to live under the hurtful words from those whose blood flows the same, who lost her best friend of 6 years for unknown reason, who now lives with a grandmother decaying from dementia, who sees the hurt and brokenness of her mother due to the cruel words from the grandmother, who created small wounds to endlessly pick at and become so raw in order to match the hurt she felt inside, who contemplated suicide in the midst of her first year of college; you are going to be okay.
To me…Jennifer Okada (and those who can relate)… life can be cruel and people can be so ugly on the inside, but it can also bestow beautiful moments and friendships that will last a life time. It’s not going to be easy, but you have it so much better than other individuals. You are blessed with a mother and sister who care deeply for you and have friends that accept you for all that you are. You are on a path to teach precious special needs children. You are going to be that friend you wished you had in high school. You are going to make a difference. You are beautiful. You are the daughter of a Heavenly and loving Father. You have the strength to speak your mind and fight for what is right. You are the black sheep that will no longer be ostracized. You are beautifully broken and patched together. You made it 21 years. You are going to be okay,
Because believe me, it gets better.
May God bless and watch over YOU always ❤