Dear daughter, my sweet girl,
At times, the world is going to seem gigantic. At times, you will be lost or confused or feel so small. It’s my job to make sure that you are prepared to face the world head on, bravely and with strength and knowledge.
I want to teach you to see the good in the world, but I also want to teach you that there is bad in the world and how to protect yourself: your heart, your mind and your body.
There is so much I want to teach you, my sweet girl.
Love yourself enough to know that you are enough. Don’t compare yourself to others throughout your life. It will seem impossible at times and there will always be someone prettier, skinnier, smarter, funnier, or braver than you, but that doesn’t take away from you.
When you’re unable to love yourself for any reason, I’ll be loving you enough for the both of us.
Stand up for yourself
I want you to speak your mind. I want you to say no when you want to say no, and to always tell people how you feel.
You will have to learn when to bite your tongue at times, but you, smart girl, will know when that time comes.
Be brave, be honest, and speak your mind when the opportunity presents itself.
Have your own beliefs
It doesn’t matter to us what you believe in, as long as you believe in something. I hope you have your own opinion, even if doesn’t align with mine, Daddy’s, Bubba’s, or your friends.
Vote for who you want, attend whichever church you want (even if you choose ‘none’), be a part of any organizations that you feel passionately about.
Just believe in something.
Be open and understanding
You will meet so many people who are different than you are. Listen to the opinions, stories and voices of others and see their point of view. Be understanding to someone else’s situation or life.
Be open to new ideas or new beliefs. Just because it isn’t what you personally believe in, still try to keep an open mind.
Ask questions / Come to me
I don’t want you to ever wonder the answer to life’s questions. I’d rather you come to me for answers, or for advice, than to seek it out online. Let me be your sound board, let me be your shoulder and your ears when you need to talk. No matter the question, no matter how difficult the conversation, please come to me and I’ll be there for you, always.
Find your passion
Pursue your talent(s). Figure out what you are good at and run with the wind, girl. What makes your heart sing? When you find out what that is, never stop doing it.
Never stop searching for your passions in life.
I don’t care what it takes, or even how long it takes – FIND HAPPINESS. Find the things and the people who bring you joy and hold them close. Discover a reason to smile every day, even on your absolute worst days.
Find happiness within yourself, first. Never rely on someone else for your happiness. Trust me on this one, sweet girl.
“I know a girl; she puts the color inside of my world” – John Mayer
Never stop learning
Always find the time and the patience to learn something new, and never pass up the opportunity to add a new skill to your list.
When you are faced with a new project, pour yourself into it. Don’t half-ass anything that you do, whether it is a science fair project or a presentation for your job. Do it wholeheartedly.
No matter who you want to be, or who you become, just be you. Never be afraid to be your true self. I hope that throughout your life, Daddy and I teach you that we will love you no matter what. We will support any dreams that you chase, and we will respect the choices that you make; with your career, your dating life and your friends. (Within reason, young lady.)
Dear daughter, I hope that your life is all that you hope it to be. I hope that I become your go-to person, just as my mom is mine. I hope you learn to love with your entire heart, and that people never take having you in their lives for granted.
You are amazing. You will always be amazing.