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I AM THAT GIRL

Sheila Adufutse • September 6, 2019

I am that girl who lives

I am that girl who breathes

I am that girl that wants to know and understand to the core

I am that girl who constantly ask "why?"

I am that girl who wants sustenance

I am that girl who wants to make something out of life

I am that girl who cares about living fully and expressively

I am that girl who just wants everyone to be okay even though it may seem impossible

I am that girl who thinks it is okay to hope

I am that girl who wants to try

I am that girl who cries

I am the girl who laughs

I am that girl who thinks people should be loved wholly or not at all

I am that girl who immerses herself into everything and nothing

I am that girl who wears her heart on her sleeve

I am that girl who gives herself sweet pep talks loudly when things become overwhelming

I am that girl who has a mind she calls her best friend

I am that girl who is drawn to simple words

I am that girl who doesn’t believe she can change the world but at least she can live through it profoundly

I am that girl who would communicate through writing and dancing

I am the girl who feels, not only in her heart but in every part of her body

I am that girl who doesn’t know but seeks to know

I am that girl who wants to be useful to the spaces she finds herself

I am that girl who believes nothing is absolute

I am that girl who is learning to be

I am that girl who is present

I am that girl who aspires and works to be that girl

I am that girl who just is, because she is that girl

Shells is always probing beyond the superficial. Searching, finding out why things are a certain way. “That’s just the way it is” never quite cuts it for her. Right after finding out why, she wants to know how we can improve upon it, how we can make it better and how we can fix it, if it’s broken. I think one of her most uttered phrases has to be “actionable steps”.

She’s constantly striving for conversations to evolve past table discussions into actual productive actions. There’s a warmth about whatever she does, always the factor of human emotion. It’s almost like she pours bits of her heart into everything she lays her hands on. She’s strong, and incredibly resourceful.

More importantly she’s honest and wouldn’t compromise on the truth, while still putting in effort to shield everyone involved from harm. It’s virtually impossible for Shells to enter a space and go unnoticed. A walking, breathing personification of radiant, positive energy.