Dear Great-grandchild,
This is your Great-grandmother _________; I’ve wanted to write you for quite some time. Now seems like the right moment. I do so just in case you give up on yourself. Just in case you doubt your remarkable gifts. Just in case you wonder why you’re here and what your life means. I share my advice with you to help you figure things out in the often strange, rollercoaster of life. I want this letter to be available to give you hope.
First and for most, slow down. As a child I never did, I was in such a rush to be an adult. I would play dress up with my mother’s makeup and heels, and play house. So take the time to smell the roses along the way. Don’t be in a rush to grow up. Trust me there is nothing fun about being an adult. Enjoy your childhood! When it’s your time to become an adult you’ll know. You might fumble and make mistakes along the way. Keep your head up! That’s perfect, as long as you learn from them. Respect yourself & others. Find your own voice, and don’t be afraid to speak your own truth. “Let go of what you can’t change”
When I was a young girl, I was told I could be anything I wanted to be, and I always took for granted that this was true. Dream big, the sky isn’t the limit. Reach beyond the stars! You are the only mapmaker of your future. Be passionate about things that interest you & stay
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committed. Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. Your mother and father will back you up 100% of the way whether it’s school, or an occupation. Give it your all.
In the years to follow one day you’re going to stop believing that boys are icky; you might even have your first crush. There is nothing wrong with dating at a young age, ask your mother. Just follow your intuition and heart. Love from the inside out. Never let any guy or person peer pressure you into anything. No means no. After a few failed relationships you should run into the man you need,...