Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
When you are 13 years old,
the heat will be turned up too high
and the stars will not be in your favor.
You will hide behind a bookcase
with your family and everything left behind.
You will pour an ocean into a diary.
When they find you, you will be nothing
but a spark above a burning bush,
still, tell them
Despite everything, I really believe people are good at heart.
When you are 14,
a voice will call you to greatness.
When the doubters call you crazy, do not listen.
They don’t know the sound
of their own God’s whisper. Use your armor,
use your sword, use your two good hands.
Do not let their doubting
drown out the sound of your own heartbeat.
You are the Maid of Untamed Patriotism.
Born to lead armies into victory and unite a nation
like a broken heart.
When you are 15, you will be punished
for learning too proudly. A man
will climb onto your school bus and insist
your sisters name you enemy.
When you do not hide,
he will point his gun at your temple
and fire three times. Three years later,
in an ocean of words, with no apologies,
you will stand before the leaders of the world
and tell them your country is burning.
When you are 16 years old,
you will invent science fiction.
The story of a man named Frankenstein
and his creation. Soon after you will learn
that little girls with big ideas are more terrifying
than monsters, but don’t worry.
You will be remembered long after
they have put down their torches.
When you are 17 years old,
you will strike out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig
one right after the other.
Men will be afraid of the lightening
in your fingertips. A few days later
you will be fired from the major leagues
because “Girls are too delicate to play baseball”
You will turn 18 with a baby on your back
leading Lewis and Clark
across North America.
You will turn 18
and become queen of the Nile.
You will turn 18
and bring justice to journalism.
You are now 18, standing on the precipice,
trembling before your own greatness.
This is your call to leap.
There will always being those
who say you are too young and delicate
to make anything happen for yourself.
They don’t see the part of you that smolders.
Don’t let their doubting drown out the sound
of your own heartbeat.
You are the first drop of a hurricane.
Your bravery builds beyond you. You are needed
by all the little girls still living in secret,
writing oceans made of monsters and
throwing like lightening.
You don’t need to grow up to find greatness.
You are stronger than the world has ever believed you to be.
The world laid out before you to set on fire.
All you have to do
1. Lola (Run, Lola, Run—one of the best movies EVAH!)
She can run and handle a gun. Her screams can crack glass. Sometimes she’s a cartoon. She speaks German and cuss words always sound better in other languages. AND she has the ability to turn back time and try things again if they don’t go her way. As far as needing a guy to rescue her? Heck no, she doesn’t! She’s rescuing HIM!
2. Arya Stark (Game of Thrones TV show and books by George R.R. Martin)
She’s tiny but that doesn’t matter. She can wield a sword, pass herself off as a guy if she needs to, learns different languages, and isn’t afraid to get dirty. This girl has it all, AND she’s technically a princess who has/had a WOLF.
3. Tris Prior (Divergent by Veronica Roth)
Man, how is she not kick-ass? Tattoos, train-jumping, and willing to sacrifice herself to right a wrong? I’ll take her. She likes her guy (and I do, too!) but when it comes down to it, she stands on her own and will do what it takes to make things right.
4. Felicity Smoak (Arrow—one of the best TV shows on air right now!)
I don’t think there are enough nerdy kick-ass females. Sure, Felicity isn’t the greatest at fighting, but she’s got the medical know-how to help Ollie out, and she can hack her way inside and out of any website or building she needs to. Ollie might be the brawn of the show (and we LOVE his brawn) but Felicity is the brains and Ollie wouldn’t be anywhere without her!
5. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer—oh, if only this were still on TV!)
What can I say about the Chosen One, other than, damn! Girlfriend ain’t messing around! Whether she’s killing or kissing vampires, Buffy stops the apocalypse and still looks like she’s ready to party. She’s real, though, with real problems and I think that’s why I like her so much on top of her amazing kick-ass abilities.
Jin Ling made it on this list! She’s in very good company.