This blog post is different from what the blogging world refers to as my ”niche.” While reading and traveling are the things I love to do, 16 years ago I lost my heart to a 6 pound, 14 ounce baby girl. So you will have to entertain me for a moment while I use the platform that I highlight my loves to give a special dedication to the one I love most.
Originally when the idea of posting something for her came to mind, I debated different methods, such as a letter or poem. But if you know my girl, you know she has a love for all music especially 90’s music. As a pregnant 20 year old, I wanted her to be smart but I also wanted her to be cool. With my perfectly placed priorities, I burned a mixed CD with music I thought were musts. While I plugged away at my desk job, she jammed to an assortment of music in utero. Now you will rarely find her without her earbuds tucked firmly into place.
When she made her dramatic and painful- as-hell entrance into the world, I remember looking at her and not being able to imagine this little perfect bundle as a teenager. Oftentimes, I see the weight of the pressures she carries as a teenage girl trying to measure up with the expectations of school and our culture’s obsession with image. So for this special birthday, I wanted to remind her of a few timeless princibles with her own playlist.
Even on your worst day, you are loved, have always been loved and always will be loved. And when me and the rest of the world are doing a poor job showing it, know The Big Man and J.C. do it a lot better than any of us.
While it feels good to make others proud, making yourself proud feels a ton better. Always put in the work and effort so you can be proud of the finished product. Hard work will not always equal success. In those times, the work you put in it is the reward.
Try to always live a life you love. Check your inner compass frequently and you will know if you are on the right path. WARNING: It is not the same as living a life chasing the things you want! Whether you are living in a high-rise as a CEO or renting mopeds on a beach somewhere, live a life that makes you happy the majority of the time.
Like Yourself! People will tell you to love yourself your entire life, which is important too. But liking yourself can be a lot harder. If there is something you do not like, ask yourself if you can change it. If you cannot, give yourself the peace to accept it as a part of beautiful, unique you.
Hard days are a guarantee. However, we would never appreciate the sunshine without a few cloudy days. The secret is to grow from them and use the experience as an opportunity to be a more well-rounded person. You do not have to be defined by your hard days! Be great in spite of the circumstance – not out of spite.
Life is going to get overwhelming, that is to be expected. However, you hold onto these few principles and they will remind you to just keep singing!