This poem is called "The Invitation". It was written by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. Her first name coming to her in a dream and Mountain Dreamer given to her by a Shamanic Healer. She is not an Indian Elder nor is she an American Indian.
I never asked to compete. I was perfectly happy just doing my life, by myself. You turned us into a competition. I hope you read this and know it's for you. Compete with someone else.-previous pinned but fits so well.