On May 04, 2021 by FiveTies
Lessons my daughter taught me.
I write this as you are packing your bags to study in the UK. You are about to embark on something so wonderful, adventurous and nerve-wracking (for me, at least). I’d be lying to you if I said I wasn’t worried. But I believe in you, and I know you will conquer this new chapter just like you have conquered everything else.
You’ve always had more energy than you can rightfully use up. Always bouncing off the wall. Putting you down for a nap was such a nightmare. I still remember you at the ripe old age of 4, told me “I understand you like naps, but I don’t”. You were always wise beyond your years. You make me cackle so hard. Thank you for teaching me that smiling should use every muscle in your body.
I’m sorry for being hard on you sometimes. You know when you were born, they didn’t give me a manual. (They must have forgotten about the after-sales service.) I had to figure out how to do this on my own. Thank you for teaching me patience, and for reminding me that we can’t control everything in life. Sometimes you just need to live life and don’t be burdened by the things outside of your control.
Oh sometimes, you are so much like me, I fear for you. Headstrong and relentless. But I always knew it was because you feel so strongly and so passionately. You were always bringing in stray kittens and puppies, determined to love all of them. You never ran out of love to give. Thank you for teaching me how to love so unconditionally and irrevocably.
You have such a heart of gold, don’t ever let the world turn you bitter. Don’t let the actions of others turn you cold. Sometimes bad things just happen, NOT always for a reason, no matter what the cliché says. Don’t let those things turn you unkind. It’s okay to cry. It’s okay to scream. It’s okay to be sad. Just get our favourite pistachio ice cream, put on Marley and Me, and cry it out. You’ll feel better afterwards, and ready to take on the world again.
My sweet baby, I won’t always be by your side. But I will always be in your heart. Let your heart guide you, and you will never falter. I love you, honey.
Forever proud of you,
Lessons my daughter taught me
Lesson 1 - Smiling should use every muscle in your body. Express your glee and delight with every fibre of your being, let the joy burst outwards and freely share it with others.
Lesson 2 - We can’t control everything in life. You will feel lighter on your feet once you let go of the things you can’t control.
Lesson 3 - Love unconditionally and irrevocably. There is no limit to how much love you have to spare. So don’t be stingy about it.