With overwhelming love I write this letter, hoping it finds you happy, innocent, healthy and naive. I’m typing this in the comfort of my flat; which I share with my husband. I have so much to tell you concerning dating, love and marriage life, but that’s a story for another day! Or better still, that’s for you to experience when you’re much older and kind of wise. #wink.
For now, kindly lend me a few minutes off your busy schedule and read this to the last word. You probably have homework to finish or dishes to wash, but before you lay your tiny self to bed, please read this. Feel free to share it with your friends as they may learn something from it too.
You are BOLD and beautiful; a force to reckon with. Your intelligence is extraordinary. Never doubt that; even for a second. Just like the Sun you shine bright and powerful. Your rays can harm and heal… Blissfully Pure.
You are a gem; very rare to find and not for everyone. Gracefully poised. Your husky voice doesn’t need shouting to be heard. When you speak; mountains bow, birds hush and rivers stop. Your smile is not too wide, it’s perfect and that broken tooth (you’ll get it fixed in a few years), doesn’t make it any less beautiful. So, smile and bless mankind with it.
Your voice is your power, your body your tower and your mind is your anchor! Your positive energy and attitude towards every situation are your shields. Fight for what you want; your dreams. Speak and make them listen! Never let go of what’s rightfully yours and work hard to leave a mark wherever you go.
Stop second guessing yourself. Take those risks and learn from the experiences. Go hard or go home because where you come from… nothing comes on a silver platter and to get where you wanna go you must work twice as hard. Form that dance group, model for fun, take photos and write those articles…build on these talents and be open to explore. Talk to that girl you look up to; trust me she’s your best friend waiting to happen.
Put your best foot forward at all times, regardless. Don’t let anyone bring you down or dull your sparkle; even that Math teacher, because life is not all about figures and graphs! And you’re not a looser (a math looser maybe, haha). Remember not everything that can be counted counts and not everything that counts can be counted. Even with that said, you must take your education seriously because Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world -Nelson Mandela.
The world owes you nothing but its yours to concur. Be who you want to be and never apologize for that. Choose your battles wisely and carefully listen to your heart.
Family comes first always. Remember, blood is thicker than water and your parents love and care so much for you even though they may not say it out loud as often as you’d want to hear it. Men and friends will come and go but family is constant.
Don’t be shy. Wear whatever you like, whatever makes you comfortable. It’s not your job to be likable, its your job to be yourself -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
There’s only one version of Bella in a world inhabited by millions of people, and that’s your power, use it! Make yourself proud and live according to your own terms.