What does it mean to be an advocate?
What does it mean
It means using all my energy and effort
To fight for something so fiercely
It scares me sometimes
I work and I work and I work
Hoping and praying for an outcome
I may never get to see
It means that sometimes I ask myself:
Why is this the burden I inherit?
Why is this the price I pay
To inhabit a body like mine?
Why must being different
Always come at a cost?
I once believed I made a choice
A choice to speak up for myself and for others
A choice to educate, a choice to empower
To engage in this constant battle
But now I wonder
Did I choose?
If I think back to when it all began
When I realized
My words are powerful
My opinions are valuable
My ideas are indispensable
And I realized
My voice needs to be heard
My struggle needs to be shared
To create change
Is it possible that I also realized
I needed to do this to survive?
But now I am part of something bigger
I speak up
For those who are silenced
I rise up
For those who are beaten down
If you cannot fight for yourself
I will fight for you
When all is said and all is done
I must continue on my way
And I will
I’m just so tired
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