The list of things I want for you is ever-growing. There is so much I want to tell you, it’s hard to know where to begin. This world is vast, and the knowledge of life is infinite. I can not begin to tell you a fraction of its intricacies.
But know these are some of the most important things I want you to know.
1. Be strong.
Physically and mentally. Work hard for what you want and don’t let anything or anyone stand in your way. Have strength in your choices and your beliefs.
2. Remember that beauty is not just on the outside, but in as well.
Not that I’m biased or anything, but you are so beautiful. Remember to keep the beauty that you have on this inside. It’s pure and admirable.
3. Stick and Stones will break your bones, and words will hurt you too.
Words are our most powerful tools. Use them wisely. There’s no way to retract them–remember this when you are facing pain, heartache, anger, and all the other undesirable emotions that tend to come our way at one time or another.
4. Be kind.
People are cruel and life isn’t always a walk in the park. But, above all else, remember to be kind. It will pay off, I promise.
5. Fall in love with yourself.
Because at the end of the day, you are stuck with you, so you might as well love yourself, right? You’re awesome, but you will also make mistakes and probably have regrets. Forgive yourself. You are your worst critic. Be your biggest fan instead.
6. Appreciate your mother.
Oh yea. Love your mama. She’s pretty rad. She does so much for you. I know she’s sassy, goofy, and sometimes hard to get along with, but she truly is a gem among stones.
7. Love your Uncles.
These little hellions were raised to be good men, and I expect them to take care of you both. Take advantage of them. They are a great source of humor, protection, and support for you. They will probably even give you a few pointers on how to pick on your mom.
8. Never forget who you are.
Sometimes life gets confusing and turmoil takes over. It will be easier sometimes to forget who you are and what you stand far, but accept the persecution. You are wonderful and the world deserves to see the genuine you.
9. Learn from your mistakes, and others’ as well.
Do yourself a favor and learn from others’ lapses while also learning from your own. Life’s most valuable lessons often come from these.
10. Never let your circumstances define you.
No matter what happens to you or around you, never let it define who you are. These are not excuses. Use them as strengths and take the knowledge you’ve gained with you.
11. Be curious.
Contentment is nice for some things, but not for all. Be curious, and stay that way. Crave knowledge. Seek out new information. Never accept something just because someone says it’s true. Discover information for yourself.
12. Make a difference.
Leave the world a better place than you came. You don’t have to solve global warming; even small gestures can spark change.
13. Know how to say no.
This is vastly important. It sounds simple enough, but at times it can be rather trying. You don’t always have to say yes or agree. Saying no saved my sanity, and it is definitely something you need to know how to do.
14. Love fiercely.
This is risky. Pain will come, but it will also go. And the love you find is worth it all.
You knew this one was coming. Wanderlust is good. Explore new ideas, philosophies, countries, states, towns. Discover new and complex things you never new existed. Explore it all, and take none of it for granted.
Although you are both so small, I can see your souls–and they are beautiful. They are pure. And the world is a brighter place because of your existence.
SM (Aunt Nama)