A letter to my younger self

This kid has been on my mind a lot lately. What would I say
to her if given the chance?

I am sorry that the adults around you failed to protect you. You deserve so much better.

Things are going to get tough, but I promise it will not last forever.

You will never lose your compassion, despite what you went through, and I am so proud of you for that.

There are people out there who will love you unconditionally. I cannot wait till you meet them. Family is not always blood.

Don’t let people push you around. Use that fearless stubbornness and hold your ground.

Do not make yourself small so others can be comfortable.

You are not too emotional. Your deep empathy is an incredible gift. You will touch so many lives.

You are not a burden just because you exist. Your parents made the conscious choice to bring you into this world. You do not owe them.

You are not alone. Many children have a parent
struggling with alcoholism. You will find your people.

If you have to beg for their love, they are not worth it. Don’t overextended yourself for people who don’t deserve it.

You have a way with words. Follow that passion. Do not let anyone talk you out of your dreams.

Finally I love you so much. I know you struggle with isolation, fear and your worth. You are beautiful, both inside and out. You are such an incredible human, who is going to do great things.

Keep going kiddo, it gets better from here.