To my future daughter,
I want to you know that no matter what the world looks like now, no matter what challenges we face as humans living this world today, that I will fight for you.
I promise to love you. When you grow up and fall in love, I promise to love whoever you choose to love without question. And if you choose not to have a partner (or partners), I will honor that choice.
I promise to respect your identity, your self-expression, your chosen pronouns, and to encourage you to explore and be curious about learning who you are and what life has to offer you. Whoever you choose to be is who you are and I will never question it. I will only open my arms with love and joy.
I promise to teach you what healthy relationships look like so that you know what you deserve. I promise to model my own relationships in a way that helps you learn what real love and respect look like. Because you deserve everything.
I promise that I’ll teach you that sexuality is a normal part of human life that is beautiful, weird, interesting, and wonderful. I promise to shield you from shame so that you can celebrate your beautiful body in any way you choose. You are a magical young person and deserve to feel safe, free, and protected. I will teach you the proper names for body parts, that you have full and total autonomy over your body, and that you owe nothing to no one. You are free.
I hope that you grow up knowing that you are treasured. That every single day with you is a gift. That no matter what happens I will be here to be a shoulder to cry on, to answer every single question, to love you when you’re finding it hard to love yourself. You never have to be embarrassed or nervous to come to me with anything. My #1 priority is your happiness and safety. I will never judge you because I cannot judge a curious, questioning human being who seeks out answers to hard questions.
You are my baby, but you’re also an individual with their own path. I don’t want to force you down a path I’ve created for you, but to help you gain the tools you need to forage your own.
I promise to teach you to fight for the things you believe in, to be kind to the people you love, and to never back down in the face of adversity. I promise to help you become the leader I know you can be.
No matter what the future holds, I’ll be here to hold you if you need me. I know the world can be scary sometimes, but you are a person who is going to make the world a better place for everyone. Keep fighting on. Keep dreaming. The world is waiting.
This week’s mantras:
- I focus on the things I can change and let go of the things I cannot.
- I will connect with nature.
- I will stand firmly in my beliefs.
- I will love myself.
I love you. Have a great week!