[My] deepest fear is not that [I am] inadequate.
[My] deepest fear is that [I am] powerful beyond measure.
It is [my] light, not [my] darkness, that frightens [me] most.
[I] ask [myself], “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?”
Actually, who [am I] not to be? [I am] a child of God.
[My] playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around [me].
[I was] born to make manifest the glory of God that is within [me].
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us[; it's in me].
And when [I] let [my] own light shine,
[I] unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As [I am] liberated from [my] own fear, [my] presence automatically liberates others.
–Nelson Mandela, 1994 Inaugeral Speech
i changed the pronouns to
make this more personal.