Dear Booboo Girl,
Right now I’m sitting just across the living room from you – watching you in silent wonder as you sing along to your favorite Disney movie and giggle at the well placed jokes from a handsome cartoon prince. You’re seven years old. Innocent. Gracious. Rambunctious. Fun-loving. Outgoing. Inquisitive. Slightly tom-boyish. Happy.
In my eyes, you’re perfect.
I thought I’d take this moment to write to you. Why? Because I love you – and I know you’ll make mistakes. A lot of them. But, there are some tips & tricks I can tell you right here & now about making your way through life in the happiest, most authentically “you” way.
My top three pieces of advice, today for you, are:
1. Be true to yourself
What I mean by this is simple – don’t let what you see on TV, in magazines, or in movies dictate your self worth. If something’s not to your liking, don’t do it. It’s that simple. Just because can’t beat the majority, doesn’t mean you have to join in. Be you. Be proud. And love each day you’re blessed with – and your place in the world.
2. Respect your body and your mind
Respect your body my girl, you only get one. Drink lots of water. Exercise for health. Eat well. Smile a lot. Laugh even more. And try to stay away from drugs, alcohol, and too much sugar. Moderation is your friend – but, in finding your balance, don’t become a prude. Always remember how to have fun! Know what you believe it, and stand up for it. If you feel uncomfortable or compromised, walk away. Lessons in life aren’t easy to learn – but with a firm respect for who and what you are, you’ll always walk away a better person.
3. Stand strong
I’m going to tell you the truth here – it’s hard to mute the din of voices around you that tell you how you should act, how you should dress, how you should think, feel, be. But, if you respect yourself enough to go forth on your own journey, and take people you trust along with you – then you’ll be fine. Stand tall. Hold your ground. Shelter others. Love without bound. And, most of all, enjoy the heck out of life. You only get one shot at it, and only so many trips around the sun to make memories.
Most of all, sweet girl:
Believe in yourself.
Follow your own heart.
Listen to your beliefs. Hold tight to them.
And be proud of your mind, your body and your soul.