Be assured that I love you, I have done since day one. I am proud of the person you are today and of the woman you’ll soon become. You have many gifts and talents, too numerous to count. You’re growing strong, kind and beautiful both on the inside and the out. Your creative spirit and energy give joy to those you’re with. May you continue to be giving… generous. May you choose wisely how you live. Sweetheart, when I’m no longer here, reflect on these words I say. Use your wisdom, love and patience to guide you when you lose your way. For life is like a journey. It’s cliché, but it’s true. Often we make silly mistakes, but we can learn important lessons too. So, move forward, don’t harbour regrets. Laugh, cry, hug. Express yourself. Tell people what they mean to you. Look after both your physical and mental health. Remember that you’re loved and cherished. Never take for granted these simple things in life. Often a moment of appreciation can uplift you in times of strife. Darling, be an encourager, don’t belittle, mock, nor judge. Instead, help others who aren’t as strong as you. Forgive quickly. Don’t bear a grudge. Be inquisitive, hardworking, diligent. Gather knowledge. Seek the truth. Continue learning throughout your life in old age, not just in youth. Have adventures and keep exploring. The world is yours to discover and appreciate. Experience and enjoy new cultures. Show respect. Don’t allow your heart to hate. Be a tenacious, vibrant woman who strives to make our planet a better place. Don’t be afraid of what others think. Choose friends wisely. Act with grace. Yes, have confidence, but humility too. Fight intolerance, injustice and apathy. Use humour to make others laugh. Take time to listen. Be honest. Show empathy. My darling, you will face many challenges in our complex, chaotic society, so remember that when the going gets tough, have faith. Believe. Trust your own identity. Your exciting future lies ahead of you and if you use your gifts abundantly, you’ll be an empowered, warrior woman, the very person you were born to be.