Not so very long ago, your birth gave me the honored title of “aunt” for the first time. It seems like just yesterday I was watching you run around in pigtails. Now you are officially an adult. How did that happen?
Though time and distance have separated us, I wanted to tell you how proud I am of the woman you have become. You are beautiful, artistic, competitive, athletic and kind. I am proud to call you my family.
As you venture off into adulthood, I want to leave you with some words of advice from your aunt who has learned most of this the hard way.
- Be true to who you are, because you are amazing.
- Listen to advice and opinions, but always prayerfully follow your gut.
- Sometimes good people with good intentions give bad advice. See #2.
- Forgiveness almost always involves apologizing, because nothing is 100% the other guy’s fault. Do it. Even if you don’t want to so your heart will live unencumbered by the weight of regret. Trust me on this one.
- Find your passion and you will find your purpose. Run after it with all your heart.
- Love your family. Even when they are a-holes.
- No credit cards. For any reason. Ever.
- Dave Ramsey rocks. See #7.
- Every action is a seed. Good or bad. Some seeds fall on fertile soil and take root. Even the bad ones. Try every day to plant good seeds even if you never see the harvest.
- Love, accept, affirm and encourage everyone you meet, flaws and all. We are caretakers of all of God’s children.
I am so excited to see what life has in store for you. Congrats on your graduation and I love you lots.