“We will rise from the golden hills of the west.

We will rise from the windswept north, east where our forefathers first realized revolution.

We will rise from the lake-rimmed cities of the midwestern states.

We will rise from the sun-baked south.

We will rebuild, reconcile, and recover.

And every known nook of our nation and every corner called our country, our people diverse and beautiful, will emerge battered and beautiful.

When day comes, we step out of the shade of flame and unafraid.”- Amanda Gorman

This is late, but I wanted to draw something to convey my respect for Amanda. She’s a highly intelligent young woman full of light who will guide the next generation of leaders and activists.

She’s not neurodiverse, but I’ve always likened the infinity symbol to the power of being different. Amanda revealed that she had a speech impediment growing up, so she resorted to poetry to overcome it.

Sometimes, the very things that society classify as disabilities are the very things that lead us to greatness.