Life Advice Now that You are Grown
My girls are growing up so fast that they are literally changing right before my eyes. Before I know it they are going to be adults and embarking on their own path throughout life.
With this in mind I thought I would write them a letter telling them all the important things in life that they need to remember and not to lose sight of the important things, as time ticks away.
To my darling daughters,
Where has the time gone? As I sit here and write this I am amazed at the young women you have grown into. Successful, strong and confident young ladies.
I would like to take at least some credit for turning you into the beautiful women you have become, but I know that it’s not all my doing, you deserve some of the credit yourselves.
But as you make your way through life, I would like to to remember some additional tips that every young lady needs to know.
Tattoos:– I know that it was a desire of yours to mark your body with some sort of individual mark. But please remember to place it somewhere discreet and easy to hide.
No future employer wants to see a “tramp stamp” peeking out from underneath your shirt. Think your design through carefully and make it something important to you. Never get one on an impulse.
Remember you will have it forever.
Sit in the sun and open those old pages and just breathe in the smell of the paper. Words have the ability to nurture our soul and transport us to another world, away from the stresses and fears of our own.
Find your favourite place to read, in the sun on the verandah, underneath your favourite tree and allow the words to just leap out at you and fall in love with “Mr Darcy”.
Love Your Sisters:- Your sisters will be the most important people in your life.
They will be your best friends, your confidants and apart from me, your mother, your most valuable support system. They will be your babysitters and your movie buddies.
Nurture your relationship with each other and never let the stresses of life interfere with your time together.
It is so easy to let life just slip by and before you know it you haven’t spoken in 2 months, please don’t let that happen.
Demand No Less Than You Deserve:- Never let anyone ever treat you as any less that what you need and deserve.
You are a beautiful and smart young lady and should be treated and respected as such and never expect anything less.
Speak Your Mind:– Have your own opinion on all matters.
Make it your duty to be well informed of current events and confident enough to share your thoughts. Bear in mind however, to be respectful of the opinions of others and to listen to all sides of the argument.
Be receptive to the ideas of others and they will be receptive to yours.
Travel:– Pack up for 6 months with your best friend or sister and set off to see the world before life inevitably takes over.
Expand your horizons and experience and learn other cultures, it is only then that you will truly appreciate what you have here at home.
Remember the life your parents have provided for you and the fun times you have had as a family. Look back on important people that are no longer with us and remember the impact they have had on your life.
Look back on all your achievements be they big or small and remember that with every click of the camera, your parents have never been more proud of you.
Call your Parents:- Call your parents at least once a week.
You may have grown up and are now embarking on your own life, but we will always worry about your safety and wellbeing and will want to know how you are going.
Be honest and tell us if something is wrong, because no matter how old you get we will always want to help if there is a problem. And that won’t change.
They should compliment you, value your opinions and provide you with the needs and desires that you want out of life.
You should have mutual interests and goals and support each others decisions. Above all you should have lots of fun together.
Financial Security:- Always ensure your own financial security, never rely on others to provide this for you.
You never know what is just around the corner and what hand in life you will be dealt. You should always be capable of providing for yourself, should your plans not turn out as you wish or expect.
Family Life:- You only get one shot as this life, so make yours count.
Take the time out to do the things you love to do. Have a sensible balance between work and play. Love and spend quality time with your children, never underestimate how important that time is to them, you can never get it back.
Above all remember the life your Mum and Dad tried to provide for you and although times were tough sometimes, we always had your best interests at heart, even if it didn’t seem that way at the time.
Remember that we are very proud of you all and love you very much.