“You are the first drop of rain in a hurricane.”
That’s what being a teenage girl means to Clementine von Radics.
The 23-year-old traveling poet performed her spoken word poem, “Advice for Teenage Girls with Wild Ambitions and Trembling Hearts," at the February 2015 Soap Boxing Poetry Slam (watch above). In it, she reflects on the amazing things young girls have accomplished in the past and what they can achieve in the future.
From Anne Frank’s kind words that collided with the cruelty around her to Malala Yousafzai’s brave mission to provide girls with an education, von Radics employed several examples to remind young girls to never underestimate themselves -- even if everyone else does.
“You don’t need to grow up to find greatness,” she said in her poem. “You are so much stronger than the world has ever even told you you could be.”
von Radics, who just released a book, also mentioned writer Mary Shelley. The mind behind “Frankenstein” shook up the literature world years ago, but von Radics' present-day description of her shows just how powerful teenage girls can truly be: “She soon learned little girls with big ideas are much scarier than monsters.”