To my daughter,
You're strong-willed, confident, and bold. You have never stood on the sidelines, but are always running head-first into the spotlight, ready to take on whatever may come. I love watching your free-spirited personality unfold before our eyes, while your interests and preference may change many times over the years to come, I cannot wait to experience every exciting stage with you along the way!
I pray you forever remain so very sure of yourself. But I once was young, and I know that sometimes the world can be so cruel. Don't let it be. If you are wearing something you love, don't change for someone else. If you have the desire for something new, dive right in. I pray when the world gets complicated & the answers become unclear, you don't waste your time canvassing others for their opinions, but instead be your own guide. Listen to your own heart. If there is one thing I can promise you, mistakes will come. But the important part is embracing them, forgiving yourself & moving on.
Now this part is very important, so please listen carefully: Your body is and always will be perfect. You are enough. That body runs, walks, gives great big bear-hugs & has learned to dance like no one is watching. I want you to wear things that make you feel good about yourself & do all the things that make you feel even better. Explore your passions. I will always be right here cheering you on, no matter what those passions may be.
I pray you don't fall victim to the ridiculous, punishing standards of beauty to shamefully exist today. Your mother spent years listening to mainstream media, convincing herself that happiness was a pair of size-zero jeans. Someone's opinion of you is not your business. Others will be intimidated, will try to bring you down. Don't let them. Misery loves company.
I pray you are grateful, grateful that you're here & you're beautiful as you are. You're enough & always will be. Don't try and change for anyone else. Most importantly, I pray you love yourself. Love yourself like I love you. Cherish your precious heart, strong-mind & beautiful soul. Be who you are on the inside, all the time & don't get that its okay to change.