A letter to my 12-year old self
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A letter to my future child

Hi dear,

It’s your mother here. I don’t know when you will be born, I don’t even know if you will be born at all. I don’t know if you will be a boy or a girl, but I want you to know that when you will arrive on this planet, you will be loved very much and I will cherish you like my greatest treasure.

And there will come a time

when you will grow and you will learn how to stand on your two feet and you will be able to see the world from a different point of view. You will start to wonder about the world. You will be curious to explore and by all means do so. Look at the world with an open heart and an open mind, the way we as adults can’t anymore. Observe people and places from the safety of your childhood, before you will learn what fear is. Try to be carefree. Try to be kind and above all, try to stay curious.

But my child, there is something I have to tell you. And I need you to listen carefully to me now. Despite the fact that in your younger years the world seems like a beautiful place, it not always is. Truthfully, the generations before yours have kind of ruined the world. We’ve made a mess of it and I am very sorry. There are good people and there are bad people in the world. The good people want to make the world a better place. The bad people want to hurt others. The thing is, both the good and the bad people think that what they are doing is right. But it isn’t right to hurt others. It isn’t right to make others afraid to get what you want.

But don’t worry, there are more good people in the world than bad. Because even when something bad happens and people are afraid, they will always help others. When you are afraid, there will always be someone whose hand you can hold, whether it’s a friend’s hand or a stranger’s. Most people want to live the way we all want to live. In peace, with love and friendship arou

nd us. Not everybody is granted that privilege. There might even come a time when it is harder for you and me to live in peace without constantly having to be aware that the peace might be disrupted. Mourn the loss of innocent lifes but instead of being fearful that it might happen to you, live life to the fullest.

I just want to tell you this, don’t be afraid. Don’t ever be afraid of anyone. Believe in your dreams. Be a kind person. Do not judge or hate another person because they don’t believe the same thing as you do. Accept them. Learn from them. Only then you can grow. Only then you can be truly happy. I want you to dance by yourself or in a room full of strangers. I want you to go out and eat and have a good time with friends. I want you to roam the world freely without being afraid of who is behind you. You will never know. And yes, many have given their lifes recently while they were dancing, while they were having a good time with friends or while they were walking the streets without a worry. Our hearts weep for their loss, but they would not want you to live your life looking over your shoulder. They would not want you to look at other’s with another religion or another colour of skin and be afraid or hateful towards them.

I believe that you can change the world. I believe we all can. As long as we let our kindness win and as long as we do not lose hope. Because hope is the beacon of light, even when the world is swallowed by darkness.

I am sorry I can’t leave you a world in which you will always be able to be carefree. But please, treasure acceptance. Treasure your imagination and treasure laughter. Find happiness in your heart and find it by looking for the good things even in bad situations.

Know that I love you and know that I want the best for you.

Love,

Your future mother.

A letter to my future child

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Article written by Ingrid

Ingrid is the twenty-something owner of The Sassologist, who loves everything that has to do with pop culture. While she is one of many who is in the process of writing a novel, she is also currently in denial over not being a witch. Her Hogwarts letter has yet to arrive. In the meantime she writes about pop culture and dreams about unicorns.

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