Happy tenth birthday, my wonderful first born! You made me a mom – your mom – ten years ago. I can’t believe I have been a parent for a decade!
In these years, you have grown from a tiny helpless baby to a mature, kind and talented girl. Your empathy, love, kindness and caring are a marvel to me each and every day. Your drive and determination, hard work and resilience propel you to achieve new goals (large or small) constantly and I am so proud to be your mother. I know that the incredible combination of personality traits that live within you will help you soar and conquer any challenge set before you.
I just want to remind you of a few important things as you head into the next decade of your life. I hope you will remember them as you journey through life and that they serve to support and empower you through good times and bad.
First, please please please – always know that I love you. There is not a thing in the world you could do to make me not love you. I may get upset with you once in a while (especially when your alter-ego comes out), but I will always be here to guide you, love you, comfort you, listen, hug or just be with you. I will always be your Ima (mom).
You are worthy. You deserve love and happiness, achievements and accolades, the good life and joy. Always know your worth and don’t let anyone make you feel like you aren’t good enough.
With that in mind, remember to always stay true to yourself. Trust your gut and instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable or something feels wrong, you don’t have to go through with it. Be yourself no matter what. Don’t change just to try to please anyone. If they can’t accept you for your beautiful self, then they are not worth your time and energy.
Make sure to surround yourself with people who are positive, who support you and make you feel like the best possible version of yourself. Haters and competitors are just a waste of time. Find your tribe and love them hard.
Finally, never ever lose your sense of wonder. Don’t become jaded by a cynical world. There is magic out there and all you have to do is find it. It exists even in the most mundane things. It’s up to you to discover it.
Keep being you. I love you to depths I can’t describe. The world is your oyster and you should eat it up!