Be brave enough to be who you are and humble enough to let people find out for themselves just how great you are. Try things, but not stupid things. Listen to other people when they talk; and I mean- really listen. Work hard at what you do well, perfect it, save it, share it. Follow your heart and inevitably, what you dream will come true. Your heart will get broken, but do not get jaded. You will fail, but do not give up. Sometimes you can’t see it when it’s happening, but the best part of life is when things are the hardest- and life is hard, but it’s also beautiful. Show up for things when you get invited. Be kind to people. Be generous. Volunteer your time and don’t hold onto things or people that hold you back. Don’t drive like a jerk. Get out to the country and be simple. Get down to the city and move fast. If you’re nervous about something, it means you care-embrace your nerves and take a deep breath. No one is born great; they just decide to keep going at something other people are too afraid to try. Try. Please just try. Take notes. Write a letter to your parents. Write a letter to your grandparents. Believe me; a letter is a treasure, especially when it’s your words. If you have a few good friends, hold onto them and cherish the time you have together. If you have your grandparents, do the same. Life seems slow right now, but there will come a time when you’ll look back and scarcely remember this day and wonder where the time went and how life can move at warp speed. Keep your soul through all things. Know this- you are loved beyond measure. You are loved with no limits or boundaries and there are hundreds of people waiting in the wings cheering you on toward whatever you dream.
Go get it.
I love you so, so, so, very much and I’m stunned by the little man you’re becoming. I really like you.