Invincible

Invincible by Valerie Parente

The glory of being open about mental health
is that nobody can weaponize it against you.
Anything you say, I’ve already said myself
and nothing is more invincible than living your truth.

– Valerie Parente (2-3-2021)

Authentic

Authentic by Valerie Parente

I’d rather be authentic
than perfect
and if I look ugly
in the process
at least I know
that I was honest.

– Valerie Parente (9-15-2020)

Valor

Valor by Valerie Parente

Delicate Courage

God, give me the strength to be honest with myself
and everyone else.

– Valerie Parente (12-31-2019)