To my beautiful daughter,
I know it seems like every day is an eternity but I promise you it’s not. There’s life beyond high school babygirl. One day you’ll wake up and you’ll find yourself writing a letter similar to this to your own daughter.
But you’re not worried about that now. You’re just trying to get through the day. I get it. I know you probably can’t comprehend this because I have grey hairs and all but once upon a time I was a teenager too. I struggled just like you.
Kids can be incredibly cruel. Some learn it from their parents, some live hard lives and some don’t have an excuse they’re just mean. There’s also kids that are nice. When you find a best friend you click with you’ll know it. Lean on them. Don’t fight with them. They will be your safe haven.
The guy that nobody wants to talk to and everyone keeps picking on….talk to him. His dad gets drunk every night and beats him and his mom’s addicted to heroin. He could really use a friend because he’s on the verge of suicide.
That mean jock with all those girls around his arm will become a lonely old man. That jerk who’s always kicking the back of your chair and calling you mean names is going to serve 20 plus years for an unimaginable crime. He’s going to get what’s coming to him don’t you worry. The sexy cheerleader who likes to make fun of you for not having a boyfriend will become a drug addict, lose her appeal and do 10 years in prison.
The guy in the front of the class who’s always paying attention to the teacher and never shows up for any parties because he’s to busy studying at home……He’s going to be the CEO of a multi-million dollar company. Sit next to him. He’ll offer you a job one day.
When the really nerdy skinny guy with pimples asks you out to prom make sure you say yes. He’ll spend the next couple years buffing up and you won’t even recognize him. When you’re in your 20’s he’ll ask you out again.
Some day you’ll see things through my eyes and realize how beautiful you are. You’re not weird. You’re special. You’re not different. You’re unique. Shine my babygirl. Keep pushing on. Have the courage to speak up for yourself as well as others. And when you think the day will never end remember there’s life beyond high school.