Think of yourself as timeless, precious and priceless. Every day when you walk out of your home, remember that you’re treasured beyond anything you could possibly imagine. We’ve seen you blossom into an exquisite woman. There isn’t anything that you could ever do that would sacrifice the love we have for you. Since before you were born, you were wanted, you were blessed, and you were loved. Our love for you has only grown and strengthened through the years. We write this letter to you to go with your 2012 graduation yearbook as a reminder of the immense love that we have for you. On your graduation, your father and I wanted to offer some words of wisdom so that you might one day embrace it, and by learning from our mistakes, may you live your new independent life happily ever after…
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it, and being careful where your mind leads will always keep you on the path you want for yourself. Education isn’t going to get you the job it’s going to prepare you to do the job. The rest will come from your tenacious ability to put yourself out there, to test your limits and to have enough courage to take action for your own future.
Faith is something you lose and something you have to fight to keep. God is real. He grants wishes and dreams in his time, not yours. He will refine you for his use not yours. He is merciful and gracious and even in loss and pain will carry you to finding new hope. Believe.
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Do not follow where other’s paths may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path, and leave a trail of your own. Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. Be who you are, and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind. Friends are lost easily so while creating your paths don’t alienate someone who might matter to you later in life. Always be graceful in your approach, never judge anyone unfairly and always stick up for people who cannot fight for themselves.
There are no shortcuts in life to any place worth going. You’re going to have to work hard and working is hard. There will be times when you’re lonely. Times you want to quit, but don’t because it is those moments which will become the memories of your past. Sometimes life happens when the worst comes our way but those are absolutely the moments that we remember most. Don’t block out the bad because you will end up blocking out all the good because you may not realize it but good is always around.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another without loss of enthusiasm. Your first priority should be to learn what your options are. To not rush into plans that could change until you’ve learned who you are and what you want to do. Don’t be in a rush to do it all and put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect. Live, forgive yourself for your mistakes and work on stuff about yourself that you want to improve. The difference you’ll find between high school and college is that adults take responsibility for themselves. Making a living is only a small part of it. Far more important is to take intellectual responsibility for yourself in a way that matters and will bring you happiness.
Lastly, if you find love hold on to it because love is not given freely by everyone. It’s a gift. It matters. Surround yourself with people who lift you up emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. Develop that balance and keep it simple sis. Sometimes too much knowledge can show you what you don’t have instead of being happy with what you do, so learn to be content with your choices.
I hope these words inspire you as that is my wish for writing them. There isn’t anyone who loves you more than your parents do. We wish for you all the joy that life has to offer. We will always be a phone call away…as long as we live, there for you whenever you need us. Go into your independent life with hope and courage and make it spectacular! Love ~ Mom and Dad
25 thoughts on “Letter To My Graduating Daughter”
@RebeccaNietert #RebeccaNietert you are an amazing writer. Continue this please.
I just LOVE this article and all the other’s on this blog.
Lots of passion in this piece. Great work.
Your story makes me want to write too. Passion is awesome.
I read your work and it’s the best story I have read in ages. I cannot tell you how moved I was by Beverly. She’s just like me. Of course, I would never make the choices she did; but I did certainly make my own. She appeals to me. Your work here… Is along those lines. With the same care and love that the character passes. Well done.
My goodness girl. You are so amazing. The way you write. I want to write too and my husband thinks I am good, but I love to read your stuff. I’m just going to sit and go through everything. How wonderful.
This is an amazingly mature testimony to a daughter. I told my daughter the same things but not in the same manner. I am so emotional after reading this. Great job.
Wow. Just like the other comments this is amazing. I am wondering… I know it’s copy written but can I borrow parts for my own daughter? If not I totally understand.
No you cannot copy any or part of this post as it is protected. Thank you for asking though. Hope that you find the words and create something powerful on your own. You can do this!
Awesome article. It’s really making me think about my words. Good job.
Wishing that I could give this to my daughter.
In this corrupt and unjust world it’s nice to find something so positive.
There’s so much on this internet and I am absolutely sure that this is one of the best. Thanks for writing.
It’s sexy! It’s spot on! Great job.
We do everything together and when we saw this we realized you’re very talented.
I am absolutely in love with this letter.
I really normally stroll to tell people all about my site but I will not do that on yours. This piece is priceless.
Adult fiction is the best. I’m remarkably surprised by such great words.
From here to there… good job.
Using these words of wisdom for my daughter.
The world preserves for you.
No better gift could be given to a daughter than wise words.
This is a letter every woman should give her daughter.
Your daughter is very lucky.