17 January 2013

Things I've Been Meaning to Tell You

{A letter to my daughter}

You are still too young to understand the complexities of life--we all are until we reach the very end. As we grow and age, we learn new things about ourselves, about living, about the art of humanity. I'd like to think I've learned a few things in my journey thus far, and I want you to know and remember them as you grow.

Life is not fair and it never will be. You should be grateful for this. When things don’t go your way you’ll find avenues for growth and new adventures.

Being a girl can be hard, but don't let it harden you. Embrace your femininity, love your body, don't worry about image.

Always be yourself. Always.

You can play with dinosaurs and Legos and matchbox cars if you want to. You can wear skeleton shirts and watch the Indy 500 with Daddy. You can be a scientist, CEO, engineer, astronaut, or President if you want to. Don't let anyone tell you can't do something or make you feel inferior because you are a girl. (People will try, I promise.) It is your responsibility to prove them wrong.

Be kind and compassionate. Help others at every opportunity. You will be rewarded with joy, even in the silent gratitude of others.

Enjoy your childhood and don't try to grow up before it's time. These years don't last long, but they are the most magical.

Smile at strangers. Smile at loved ones. Smile just because.

Stay close to your grandparents, ask them questions, and listen when they speak. Learn from them all that you can--they are vessels of wisdom and have seen the best and worst parts of life.

Sometimes it’s okay to break the rules--the trick is knowing when and why you should.

Teenage years are not fun. They're full of drama, hormones, new loves, and new heartaches, but they will pass. Stay true to yourself during this time and you'll emerge a strong, empowered woman.

Imagination, singing and dancing with abandon, coloring with crayons, asking too many questions, and being filled with unquenchable curiosity are traits not only reserved for youth. Cherish and hold on to these aspects of yourself--life will be more enjoyable if you do.

Sing. In the car, in the bathroom, at school, at the grocery store. If you have a song inside, let the world hear it.

You will make many mistakes, but remember that mistakes don't make you a failure. Learn from them, try again, and keep moving forward.
Marry a good man and marry for love.  Everything else will fall into place.
You will be tried, tested, and go through difficulties that you think are impossible. They will not be impossible because you are strong. Human will has no limits.

Motherhood is a beautiful challenging privilege that you will spend your whole life perfecting and still not get just right. When the time comes, accept this and love with all your heart.

Always remember that I love you more than you'll ever know.

                       All my love,


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