A letter to my future daughter

Rylee LeVasseur, Writer

The boy who you think put the stars in the sky doesn’t actually love you, but you will find love.

Love doesn’t come with a smile that melts your heart, or looks that distract you during math class.

It is not found within a look from across the room that turns your stomach into butterflies.

Love is found through kindness and understanding; it is found when a person sees the best and worst parts of you and finds them all beautiful.

One day you will find someone who will think you are beautiful, even in your worst moments, and they will put your heart above their own. They will love you unconditionally, and endlessly, and being with them will make you feel safer than any other place.

Before you find that person, there will be many others who will break your heart. At times you will forget you are even capable of love or of being loved. Even in these times, I hope you’ll remember that I will always see how beautiful you are.

I will support you with whoever you choose to spend your life with, as long as that person brings out the best in you and sees how amazing you truly are.

You will face things that I won’t be able to protect you from, and you will overcome it.

People will always assume things about you.

Even if others aren’t kind to you, be kind to them.

Defend other people who aren’t capable of doing so.

Respect everyone equally. You are not better than anyone.

Face your fears.

I will let you dye your hair, wear as much makeup as you want, dress how you want, but you will look back on it and regret it.

You will try to be exactly like the pretty girl in your class and it will never work, but you’ll realize that being yourself is so much better.

There will be times when you feel like you will never fit in, but you will find your place and it will feel like home.

You will meet so many people who fit into your life perfectly, but they’re not always meant to stay and that’s okay.

Find things that make you happy, be it an art, sport, etc.

It’s okay to put your mental health first.

Failing one test doesn’t mean your life is over.

A bad day does not mean a bad life.

Spend time with your grandparents.

Choose your beliefs and know them well, and know why you believe what you do.

Take time to see all the beautiful things in the world, and all the beautiful things in the people around you as well.

Remember that you are beautiful and strong and courageous, and you are capable of moving mountains if you believe you can.

Above all things, choose love. Choose to love the people around you, and to love yourself.