I was walking along the banks of a river. And out of no where a little girl started following me.
About 3 or 4 years old, she was wearing a dirty grey hoody and had no trousers or shoes on.
Trudging through leaves behind me she kept her hood up whilst looking at the floor so I couldn’t see her face.
I started to feel frustrated.
It annoyed me that she was following me, where were her parents?! I just wanted to be left alone!
Furiously I turned to face her, crouched down and pulled back her hood. She gazed up at me with blue eyes filled with tears and matted blond locks.
And in that moment I instantly realised that this little girl wasn’t just a random little girl off the streets,
she was me.
I had ignored her, neglected her, let horrible people hurt her. I had completely lost her.
Tears flooded my eyes as I hugged her so tightly promising from now on I would look after her no matter what.
I told her that
I would always keep her safe, I would make sure to prioritise fun and laughter and I would NEVER let another person hurt her ever again.
I then woke to real tears streaming down my face.
Both a dream and a wake up call. Rising that morning to that fact that
No one can love you like you.
Be good to yourselves all.