To the Girls

Don’t worry about who might be stronger than you are. You are strong enough.

Don’t see the world as us vs. them. If you always keep your eyes open for allies, you will find them in the unlikeliest of places.

First impressions aren’t always reliable. Best friends are often people we didn’t expect to get along with so well.

Don’t trust labels. The best parts of who you are can’t be summed up as prep, jock, nerd. You supersede them.

Don’t trust “friends” who want to change you. Trust the ones who laugh at the things you find funny, the ones who see the real you and rejoice.

Do the things you love. Share them with the people you love.

Talk to your mom. Whatever happens, we’re in it together.

Dream big. Explore your dreams. Learn about things. Try new things.

Your heart is big enough for all those you love. Never worry that you’ll run out of love.

All ‘shoulds’ are a lie. Ask yourself if you want to do it, not should you. You will be surprised at what a difference that makes.

Faith allows you to love more fully and brings you peace. If it’s not doing these things, something is wrong. Examine it.

Never underestimate the power of perspective. Choose the bright side whenever possible, but be honest with yourself about how you feel. Choosing optimism doesn’t mean you can’t be sad, disappointed, angry, upset.

You get to decide who you’re going to be. No one else gets to choose for you.

You don’t have to live the life anyone else expects. Live the life that comes from your heart, the one that’s in you to live.

You matter.

For my favorite girl, Anna Rose.

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About Kasey

Reads things. Writes things. Fluent in sarcasm. Willful optimist. Cat companion, chocolate connoisseur, coffee drinker. There are some who call me Mom.

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