I hope you fall down every now and then just so you remember how important it is to get back up and keep going.
I hope you feel left out sometimes and that it makes you want to keep someone else from ever feeling that way.
I hope there are times that you begin to think that boredom will swallow you whole, because that is when you learn to find your own adventures.
I hope you suffer the loss of friendships and relationships, and that it teaches you to nurture and fight for that which is worth keeping but that it also teaches you that sometimes it’s best to let go.
I hope you encounter difficult and impossible people, these are the folks that will test your character, that will make you choose to either be a weak person or a better person. (And I hope you choose well.)
I hope someone at some point tells you that you can’t do something and doesn’t believe in your abilities, and I hope you learn that they can’t determine your limits or capabilities, only you can do that.
I hope that sometimes you fail when you’ve tried hard to succeed, because failure teaches us how to succeed. It is in those moments that you learn how to become persistent, resilient, and hopefully a little bit tenacious.
I hope at least once in your life, you manage to travel in the wrong direction and get lost. There are far worse things in this life than being uncertain of the direction in which you are headed. (And sometimes its necessary to find your own way.)
I hope, dear children, that life is sometimes hard, frustrating, challenging, and that yes, you struggle from time to time. And I hope you know that in the midst of each and every single moment, I’m right there. Ready to help, to guide, and to seek the humorous and good in each difficult moment.
I hope each of these experiences teaches you that what will ultimately define you, is how you choose to handle them. I hope these lessons teach you to believe in yourself, to find the extraordinary in what others see as ordinary, to embrace who you are and the life that is yours to live.
Most of all, I hope you become decent human beings and genuine people. For that is the only thing I will ever hope for you to be “when you grow up”. Anything else you wish to become; I look forward to watching you discover and figure out as you go.