to the woman I am becoming: a love letter

Jael R. Bakari
2 min readApr 22, 2019

To the woman I’m becoming

Be patient with me and embrace me as these changes are hard and push me outside of my comfort zone. Pray for me never to falter, quit or go back. And when I am at the verge of giving up send me your strength and remind me of just who the heck I am. Continue to teach me and nourish me as I go through this process and every now and then whisper sweet somethings of jobs well done and the roads I’ve paved.

To the woman I am

I am thankful for your courage and strength in the face of adversity. Know that every tear you shed strengthens our resolve and pushes us closer to glory. To every moment you said I can’t, I thank you for doing it anyway. And for every mistake and failure, thank you for helping us through the process of elimination. I share in your wins and I share in you defeats, and what inspires me is the grace with which you complete them. I am excited to see you continue to grow and evolve into the wonder you were made to be.

To the woman I was

Thank you for carrying me thus far and no further. You lessons your vitality and your outlook help shaped the world I live in now. Thank you for allowing me the space to blossom and grow, for telling me when it was time to part ways with such sweet words of encouragement. I couldn’t not have done it without you. May your hallmarks be a reminder for all to come of exactly what it was I did. May you be the monument of self-love I need to remind myself to boldly push forward never afraid of what’s ahead and always appreciative of what came before.

To these women and the many who came before me, walk beside me and hold me in spirit, I dedicate my life’s work.



Jael R. Bakari

hero maker by day, psychic clown witch by night. writer of literary crack. future poor white billionaire. your favorite —ist