Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Ten things I want my daughters to know
My daughters are getting bigger, older, smarter, sweeter and at times it seems they are drifting away. Sometimes the need to hold them close, impart wisdom and teach lessons overwhelms me. There is so much I want to tell them...
1. It is OK to be exactly who you are. Texting, boys, Hollister clothes, Facebook...all those things that your friends are into are not important. What is important is that you are just who you are…legoes, books, your own style, your love of art and animals, and your preference for family over friends is normal, sweet and precious.
2. Make-up is overrated. And...
3. Smoking looks stupid, stinks and will eventual kill you.
4. Learn to make a really good meal. You may want to impress a new boyfriend, new in-laws, or simply feed your soul a special meal.
5. Feel the fear and do it anyway. If you’re afraid of something, and it keeps you from experiencing something amazing, then honor the fear and push forward. You won’t regret it. Act in a play, travel the world, and enter your art in a contest. Don’t let fear of failure hold you back.
6. Loving someone and being loved should always feel good.
7. Let go… When something or someone just doesn’t work in you life anymore it is ok to let go. Sometimes we have to let go of things that bring us pain. Sometimes we are let go of and we have to accept that.
8. Don’t be afraid to cry.
9. Don’t settle for less. Since the day you were born there has been one man who has loved you fiercely. Please do not settle for a husband who doesn’t try to love just as fierce.
10. Love the planet and do all you can to leave it better for your children.