This is me 40-ish years ago.
I love this picture. My aunt recently moved and my cousin found it and sent it to me and I’ve been so thoughtful since seeing this photograph of this sweet little girl.
That smile and that light in her eyes are pure magic to me and remind me that I came into this world unbroken and full of hope and happiness and the possibilities were absolutely endless.
I wish I could hug her. I wish I could tell her that it will be hard as hell and she will often want to give up. I would tell her that she is resilient beyond measure and she will make ginormous mistakes but she will always get back up.
She will bend but not break.
She will love with every ounce of her being and she will cry until she feels like all of her breath has left her.
She will recover and move forward and climb mountains and learn to love after losses.
Again and again.
So many times she will feel that her world has shattered and just as many times she will feel like the whole universe is hers to learn and love all over again.
The highs can be unimaginably high and the lows just as devastating and still, she will continue.
It’s been a wild and crazy ride and as I’m about to celebrate my 42nd birthday, I can’t say I’d change a thing. Every moment has lead me to another lesson or a new victory and has made me the woman I am proud to be today: perfectly imperfect—- but still full of light, love, hope and magic.