Textbook Heroine

I’m sorry I can’t be
Your textbook heroine
To power through everything
Gracefully
Perfectly.

I’m sorry I can’t be
Your textbook heroine
To do everything that’s right
Without crying every night.

I’m sorry I can’t be
Your textbook heroine
To face everything
Without panic attacks
Mood swings
And anxiety.

But.

I am a heroine
Because I faced everything
Trudging, aching,
And I’ve won my battle scars.
And I wear them with pride.

I am a heroine
For I shed tears every night
And wipe them in the morning.

I am a heroine
Because I had panic attacks
And mood swings
And anxiety—
And I faced everything
Dancing in the rain.

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