I want to save a life, and it’s not my own.

I wish I could give other people courage. I wish I could talk them into being brave. I wish I could hand them every morsel of hope I have for them, and that it would be enough to see them through.

I want to convince someone that she is worth saving.

I want to be the mirror for her. I want to show her what I see when I sit with her. The beauty. The fierceness. The tenacity. The radiance. The joy. The sweetness. The strength. All of it already inside her, just waiting there for her to see.

I wish I could talk people into doing the work.

I want to save a life. I want to make possible this dazzling future that is so easy for me to picture for her, where all she sees is darkness.

I wish I could make her believe.