“Do you remember her? I have seen this photo posted before and it always takes me back and makes me think. Somewhere inside of you, there is someone who is fierce and ready to take on the world. I see myself in my daughter, Stella, and sometimes wonder where I went wrong. It’s so easy to always take the safe choice, but Stella inspires me! She is so strong, independent, and completely full of life. If anything, she is teaching me in the midst of raising her.
There have been times you have said, ‘no’ when you wanted to say, ‘yes’. On the flip side, there have been so many times you said, ‘ye’s when you wanted to give an emphatic ‘NO!!;
She wanted to buy a ticket.
She wanted to go on the trip.
She wanted to take a risk that could have opened up a whole new world of opportunity.
She wants you to remember what it feels like to run into the ocean without a care in the world and splash and laugh till you could splash no more.
She wants you to face the day without a fear in your heart and embrace every opportunity that comes.
She doesn’t understand why you don’t want to wear a bikini.
She doesn’t understand why you don’t want to eat the cake.
She doesn’t understand why you never seem to let it go.
She doesn’t understand why you seem to accept second best.
Somewhere inside of you is a little girl who wonders at the grown-up you have become…
She still has so many things she wants to learn and so many goals she wants to reach.
She still has many things she wants to learn and so many people she still needs to meet.
She still has food she’d like to taste and parties she wants to attend so she can dance the night away.
She still has places she wants to visit so she can see how big this world is.
Life is too short to give up on your dreams. Travel to that bucket list destination, write that book, start a new business, audition for the next role… you get it.
Remember what it was like to be this little girl full of life and hope? She’s still in there somewhere. You just have to find what drives you. I challenge you to sit alone for 10 minutes today and think about your aspirations and dreams. If your heart is still beating, you still have time to work on them.
Somewhere inside you, there is a little firecracker – desperate to see more of this thing we call life. Don’t get so wrapped up in the things that don’t matter and forget to experience life.
Go get her, she’s fun.”
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