This week we celebrated my daughter’s 7th birthday. I can hardly believe that she is already seven, and even though I used to huff when people would say “It goes by fast”, now I get it. Life does go by quickly.
To honor my daughter during this special week of her birth, here are seven wishes I have for her as she grows up. They are also wishes for all daughters around the world.
- I wish for you to be bold. Bold in your actions. Bold in your wisdom. Strong in your determination, spirit, relationships, and faith. Be brave in your choices; especially the ones that are difficult to make. Take a stand, even if other people do not see the value of it. Do not be afraid to be a strong, independent girl. The world needs them.
- I wish for you to find glimpses of humor throughout life’s circumstances. Laugh at the whimsy and silly things. Giggle at the irony that life will throw you sometimes. Enjoy those gut-busting, pee-your-pants moments. Humor is essential for survival, and for recovery. Seek it. Keep it. Help others to find it.
- I wish for you to find love and friendship that is defined by acceptance, commitment, and contentment. Love and friendships are both the most blessed experiences in life. May they be filled with people who accept the whole of who you are, because you are incredibly special. Don’t ever forget that, and don’t settle for anyone who doesn’t see you the same way. (And, the best kinds of friends are the ones who will cry with you, and share in those gut-busting, pee-your-pants times of laughter.)
- I wish for so many moments that will give thrill to the adventure-seeking, curious little thing that you are. Don’t be scared to try new things. Try exotic foods. Seek to conquer your fears. Meet exciting, and slightly unusual people (I have found that they are usually the most entertaining and loyal). If you dream of it, then go for it. And, it’s okay to skydive…just don’t tell me when you do.
- I wish for you to see life as one big learning curve. You will make mistakes and have some regrets (when you are a little older, I might just share a few of mine with you), and that’s okay. Your mistakes, regrets, and need for a do-over are what refine you as a human being. Don’t be scared to fail. Failing is a part of success. Just don’t be scared to try. Let others teach you, but also teach others. Continue learning throughout your life, as there is always something new to learn.
- I wish for you to look in the mirror and see the reflection of a beautiful, purposeful, precious soul created by our Heavenly Father. Embrace your flaws, but also embrace your beauty. From the strands of your hair, to the tips of your eyelashes, fingers, and toes, every ounce of your being was put on this Earth for a specific purpose that only you can fulfill. Carry that thought with you, sweetie. When you are down, remember it. When you are scared, embrace it. When you forget it, pick up your Bible, and be reminded.
- I wish for you to always cling to the fact that you are so deeply loved by your family, and always will be. Our life intertwining was not by accident. You were meant to be our daughter, and we were meant to be your parents (even though at times we are the “meanest parents in the world”). Nothing you can ever do will make us love you less. With each passing day, I marvel at the unique little girl that you are. It is an honor to call you daughter.
Happy Birthday, Sis.
“In my daughter’s eyes, I can see the future.
A reflection of who I am, and what we’ll be.
And though she’ll grow and someday leave, maybe raise a family.
When I’m gone I hope you’ll see how happy she made me.
For I’ll be there in my daughter’s eyes.”
-Martina McBride, “In My Daughter’s Eyes”