To my almost-ready-to-graduate first-born. These are the thoughts on my heart in this season of letting go:
You've been independent from the beginning. You're positive, bright, and compassionate. You've developed a wonderful servant's heart, and I'm glad we share a passion for music. You're respectful, responsible, and dependable. I'm blessed to be your mom.
I wish so much for you. I long for you to see that the only thing you need to be the best at is being yourself. You are enough—you don't need to try to impress anyone. Relax and let people see and appreciate the real you. Give yourself a chance.
Prepare. Be careful of your confidence.
Listen when people mention your potential. Be sure to remember potential is a goal to strive for, not something already obtained.
Be humble. Avoid being a name-dropper. It's okay to enjoy knowing what you know but don't try to impress people with it.
Help others to feel good about themselves.
Use your time wisely. Plan ahead. Don't procrastinate!
Learn from your mistakes. Admit them, grow from them, try not to repeat them, and let them go.
Keep your integrity. People know they can trust you, and you can feel good about yourself.
Offer the benefit of the doubt.
Forgive yourself. You're not perfect. Neither is anyone else. Forgive them, too.
Keep the Bible first on your long list of favorite books.
Take care of your body so it'll last you a long time—eat healthy foods, exercise, make wise choices.
Guard your heart. Choose friends who have integrity and who care about you. Be careful around those who don't.
Respect yourself and others, and offer grace to both.
Have faith in God. He won't let you down.
Remember everyone needs help sometimes. The wise person asks for help when she needs it. Be wise.
Take responsibility for your decisions, actions, and belongings.
Depend on God. He's always there for you. When you want to know who to be or what to do, ask God.
Think things out and consider different options before making decisions.
Put responsibility before having fun.
Know that you're loved—by your father, me, and God-- no matter what.
Enjoy your memories, but don't cling to what you did yesterday. All your experiences before this moment are part of who you are today. Let them help you become even more tomorrow.
Mom to 3 kids