Saturday, January 1, 2011

Dear Rylee

Dear Rylee,
Mostly I write on this blog my own personal reflections and experiences, partly in hope that they will reflect on someone else's life and partly as an outlet for things I might not otherwise have the courage to say. Today is the first day of 2011 and we have a year full of possibility ahead of us. I am writing you this note as a kind of new year resolution, and perhaps someday you will be able to look back on this and read it when you are older.
Growing up can be tough. I remember wanting to fit in and be accepted. I remember how heartbreaking it was when people did not want to be my friend or when people did not understand me. I know the hurt that comes with being stereotyped by things that are considered limitations or socially acceptable. And as I grew up, I have learned that in order to be truly happy, you need to stay true to God and to who you are. He made you who you are for a reason. You are compassionate and sensitive. This is not a bad thing. This just means you have a heart that is bigger than most, which makes it nice because you have more room in there to love other people and animals. You are creative and imaginative. Don't ever let anyone tell you you can't achieve your dreams because you are dreaming too big or because they feel it is impossible. Nothing is impossible. Reach for the stars, Rylee, and do not be afraid to dream. You are beautiful and feminine even though you love things that other people think are purely boy things. If you love dragons, Love dragons. If you love Pokemon, love Pokemon. When I was a girl, I would climb trees in my swirly ruffly dresses and I did not even care. You have a free spirit. Let it stay free. Do not let stereotypes limit you or squash your beautiful radiant personality. Be who you are, because that is who God made you to be. Do not try to become someone you are not. If people cannot love you and accept you for who you are, then they are not worthy of your friendship. I love that old lullaby we used to sing, "If they knew sweet little you, they'd end up loving you too! All those same people who scold you, what they'd give just for the right to hold you!" Remember these words and stay true to yourself. I love you, Rylee. You make my life brighter. Happy new year!

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