A Letter to My Daughter
As you navigate through life, I want to share with you some meaningful lessons that I’ve learned along the way. These lessons are inspired by my experiences as a woman. Know that there have been incredible men and women in your past who have fought to make a better world for you–learn from them.
Lesson 1: You are in control of your own body and your own choices
As a woman, you will face pressure to conform to societal expectations about how you should look and how you should behave. You will be told or expected to know and conform. But remember that your body belongs to you, and you have the right to make your own choices about how you want to present yourself to the world. Don’t let anyone tell you that you need to wear makeup, dress a certain way, or conform to any other beauty standards. You get to decide what makes you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin. You are most beautiful when you are you.
Lesson 2: Your voice matters
As a woman, you may also face the societal expectation to be quiet and polite–that you shouldn’t speak up. Always remember that your voice matters and you have the right to speak up for yourself and for others. Don’t be afraid to share your opinions, ask questions, or challenge the status quo. Your unique perspective and experiences are valuable, and you have the power to make change happen. The world needs your voice.
Lesson 3: Find and create your village
Seek out your people. Those who treat you with respect, who share your values and who will support and stand with you. Those in your village should respect and support each other while pushing you to be your best.
Lesson 4: Failure is not the end
Throughout your life, you will undoubtedly face setbacks and failures. Remember that failure is not the end. Don’t be afraid to fail–it is an opportunity to learn and grow. Don’t be afraid to take risks and try new things, even if it means facing the possibility of failure. Failures are simply learning opportunities. And when you do fail, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and keep moving forward.
Lesson 5: You deserve to be treated with respect and dignity
Finally, remember that you deserve to be treated with respect and dignity in all areas of your life. Don’t let anyone treat you poorly or make you feel “less-than”. Don’t let those people be a part of your life. And don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself and insist on the respect and dignity that you deserve–that everyone deserves.
As you navigate through life, remember that you are strong, capable, and deserving of all the good things that life has to offer. I believe in you, I support you, and I will always cheer you on.
Love you always,