I Wish I Were Braver

I wish I were braver
That I were brave enough to be unapologetically me
That I were unafraid to say that something doesn’t fit
That something isn’t right
That something is a mistake

I wish I were braver
That I were brave enough to celebrate my Blackness
To celebrate my Nativeness
Without fear or shame or question

I wish I were braver
That I were brave enough to constantly and consistently speak my truth
To be unafraid of other’s discomfort
To push into my own

I wish I were braver
That I were brave enough to open up
Brave enough to feel all of the feels without shutting them down
And brave enough to express those feelings

I wish I were braver
That I were unafraid to fail
Unafraid to fly

I wish I were braver.

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