“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

I’ve been sitting here staring at this screen trying to figure out what to write. Obviously, I want to post something for the day. But it’s finals week. So my brain is about the equivalent of…well, a rock. But, upon talking to my best friend (also mother-to-be), I’ve decided to compile a list. A list for someone entering this world. AKA a baby.

1] I hope you can dream. I hope you can dream big, and dream strong. It’s the dreamers of the world that get somewhere.

2] Learn to live in the moment. So much time is wasted worrying about the future and reminiscing in the past. Appreciate what is in front of your eyes before it’s gone.

3] You’re going to come across people that are different than you. Physically, emotionally, mentally. In every way possible. Accept them. Embrace them. Learn from them. Keep an open mind, it’s the most powerful tool you’ll have.

4] I hope you play all day everyday as a child. Go outside. Run and jump and make things up. Use your imagination. Those kind of things you just can’t replace.

5] Never forget how important you are. You can do anything. You can be anything. This world is yours for the taking. You just have to show the determination and courage to seize the opportunity.

6] Laugh. As a baby, laugh. You’ll bring relief to your mother. As a child, laugh. You’ll bring joy to others. As a teenager, laugh. You’ll show them how to shake off what doesn’t matter. As an adult, laugh. You’ll see how silly your struggles are. In old age, laugh. Laugh fully, heartily, and with reckless abandon. You’re giving them something to remember.

7] There are people in this world that want to tear you down. Don’t let them. Look at them and smile. They are struggling. Be kind to even those who don’t deserve it, they most need it.

8] Color, kid. Don’t stop coloring. Color outside of the lines. Color on the walls. (Don’t tell mom I told you that, haha.) Color on yourself. Color your world. Don’t let it end as you transition to the next stage. Keep coloring. You’ve got the power of vibrancy, and the real world gets a little dim.

9] It’s okay to be afraid. There are a lot of scary things in life. But, just like the monsters in the closet–they aren’t nearly as bad as you make them out to be. Face your fears. You can overcome anything. And there will always be someone there to help you chase the monsters away.

10] Ask for help. When you’re trying to tie your shoes, or do your homework, or figure out your feelings. Whether it’s big or small. Good or bad. You can’t do it on your own. There are people that are there for you. Ask them. Utilize the people in your life, and appreciate them. Treat them as you wish to be treated.

It’s pretty brief, but I think those are some important things I’d like a kid to know when they are getting ready to face this place. It’s pretty crazy out there, folks.

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“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

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