By Molly Hardwick
Young Woman, your boundless energy, your eyes full of hope and expectation, are forces to be reckoned with. You are love, kindness, and passion poured out for what you believe in; a wild, restoring force unleashed on a world in want of your sweetness. Stepping into the shoes you’ve waited so long to fill, adolescent dreams of independence, adventure, service—all taking shape with infinite possibility in front of you. The world is full of those who have spent themselves for what they believe in and end up burned and empty. You heed their call with both a nod to wisdom and a holy rebellion to playing it safe. The path you carve must be your own.
As you walk into new terrain, every boulder and mountain scaled has you turning your head in bewilderment to behold the skin you’ve shed and left behind; moving, under the guidance of each chance to flex your muscles, from strength to strength. As you dream, risk, and create; you are transformed. The eager pace you started out with slows as you learn the unspoken nuance of our diverse, beautiful world. Your confidence becomes quieter and stronger; your spine stands taller now as it is dusted with the humility of your triumphs and failures. The passion which first inspired you to run has deepened and matured like a fine wine; possibilities become certainties in the faces of people and places where you begin to grow roots.
As you dream, risk, and create; you are transformed.
Young Woman, the holy path you walk has been graced with the feet of many heroes gone before you. Following the beat of the Divine drum, these heroes have emerged as Mothers, nurturing their own and those who are motherless, yearning for transformative, grounding love. They’ve emerged as Leaders of movements and Catalysts for justice, their wit and intellect paired fiercely with tenderness and attention to the least. They’ve emerged as Creative windstorms, birthing beauty and new perspective that washes our world in healing rain.
Angels hold their breath as they watch you unfold; as your limbs stretch to their fullness, as your lungs breathe in their total capacity, as your independence marks your face with wisdom. Young Woman, your energy, strength, compassion, and increasing humility are the means by which creation is being restored.
Young Woman, your energy, strength, compassion, and increasing humility are the means by which creation is being restored.
Molly lives in Wimberley, Texas where she works as a freelance florist and dressmaker for her ethical fashion company, The Simple Kind. She believes deeply in the power of beauty to soften & strengthen hearts, and is passionate about finding ways to connect women in socially & economically vulnerable positions with creative, empowering employment. Molly loves reading about activists for peace & justice throughout history, cooking for her friends, and painting!