February 9, 2010
Dear child, whoever you may be,
You’re probably thinking that it’s crazy of me to be writing to you. Truth is, I can’t seem to let my words come out my mouth. So my words can be expressed through my writing.
Even though you’re still so young, I know you will fall into some of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. But right now, I just wanted to let you know that I will always be here for you, through thick and thin. You’re already in your teenage years. You’re probably thinking about your love life, relationships, and maybe even your wedding day. Just know that you will always be a part of me.
Respect yourself, and respect others. Most importantly, think about what can scar you for life. Think about who will hurt you, abuse you, break your heart. Give your all to that special person who will do the same for you, and will love you, no matter what. As a teenager, the decisions you make can change your life forever. I know it’s scary, but it’s really simple to understand. Still don’t get where this is going? I’ll make it easier. It’s simple, really. But it only takes that one time that will take a huge impact on your life. Everything can change.
You’ve made mistakes, just as I did. But you’ll make a million more mistakes throughout your years. For some things, you can’t do anything about. Sometimes you’ll have those moments where you think you really screwed up, but it’s okay. Because no matter what, I can only look at you as the same person I’ve raised since your birth. You will have your ups and downs. You will have those bad days. So what? I don’t expect you to be perfect. But right now, I do expect you to be happy and successful.
Please, stay in school. Get those A’s. Get those scholarships and acceptance letters. Win contests. Receive awards. Love what you do, and do what you love. Let your education come first. Because one day, it will eventually get you somewhere.
Let your mind run free. Speak your words, stand up for yourself. Show us who you are, what you are. Express yourself. Put your all into your work. Have confidence in yourself. Be sophisticated and spontaneous. Be somebody to talk to. Be a somebody. Don’t let anyone get in your way. Nobody knows you better than you do. Build character along the years. It’s the personality that counts. During your teenage years, those are the years where you’re finding yourself. Not only that, but you’re always going to be shaping your personality. You will mold yourself into a fine creation.
You’re one of a kind, and don’t forget that. And don’t forget that I want you to be exposed to the world as much as possible. You’ll get hurt so many times. But that shouldn’t matter, because you’ll eventually find “the one.” Get to know yourself, and get to know others. Let yourself take a break and have a little fun here and there.
“I’m fat. I’m ugly. Nobody likes me. I’m a failure.” It’s typical for a teenager to say those words. Let me tell you. You’re one of the most beautiful people on earth, to ever be alive. You think you’re fat? You look absolutely fine to me, and nothing’s wrong with that. Stop thinking that nobody likes you, you’ve got a whole bunch of people that do. You’ve got friends and family. You’re nowhere near a failure. It won’t matter if you messed up the first time, because you can always try again. Nobody’s perfect, stop making things harder for yourself. All you have to do is be happy, and stand tall. Don’t let anything hold you back. Just keep moving forward.
Take care, sweet child.
Love always and forever,
Your mother, Tiffany Moreno.