Today, my darling, if you didn’t know, is International Women’s Day. A global day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.
On this day there are a few things I would like you to know.
There are many important women who have touched my life over the years but the single most important female in my life is you, my daughter, the girl who made me a mummy.
Aged 11 you are already so many glorious things. You already have so many amazing qualities that make my heart feel like it could burst with pride on a daily basis.
You have grown into the most incredible, strong, fearless and determined young lady. You have already achieved great things in your 11 years. You will take on any challenge you are faced with.
You are committed, conscientious and very hard working. You have confidence without arrogance and you are a natural beauty. You embrace every opportunity that comes your way and you set high goals for yourself.
You are a loving and caring big sister and a loyal friend. People know they can count on you.
By the time you are a grown woman the world will no doubt have changed yet again. Each generation of women has their own set of challenges unique to them and no doubt some of the challenges you will face will be different from those I faced, your grandmother and your great grandmother.
Despite this there are some things I would like you to know.
When women support other women amazing things can happen. Champion yourself and others. Mean girls sadly grow into mean women, stay away from them.
You can be whatever you want to be. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.
Be kind. Always. Remember everyone has a story. Choosing to be kind even when others are not is a sign of strength. You can be a total badass and still remain kind-hearted.
Remember to always find joy in the small things. The best things in life really are free.
Be yourself. Never let anyone try to change you.
Know your worth.
Be strong and assertive, but not rude.
Don’t strive for perfection. Strive for authenticity.
Know that if it isn’t hard work, it’s probably not worth it.
You are loved more than you know.
My darling, you are already awesome. Just imagine what you have the power to become.
You, my princess, can slay your own dragons.