Monday, May 18, 2015

Letter to a High School Graduate

Dear Anna,

I can't believe you are done with high school. That's absolutely crazy, because yesterday you were following me around in a ridiculous princess outfit and plastic Cinderella play shoes. Yesterday you still needed floaties in the pool and thought that if you ever left my side you would be missing out on something awesome (which usually wasn't the case, kudos to you for eventually figuring that out). 

I have watched you grow into a beautiful young lady. Seriously, how do you eat at Taco Bell every day and have a figure like that? Enjoy that metabolism while you still can.

You truly are a beautiful person, inside and out. I'm impressed every day by your maturity and your individuality. You don't care what people think of you, peer pressure doesn't have much of an effect on you, and you don't embarrass easily. Those qualities will definitely come in handy in college. 

I'm excited for you. I'm excited for you to have a whole set of new experiences. You'll make mistakes, some bigger than others, but you'll learn from them and grow into a better person because of them. You'll lose friends, but you'll gain twice as many. You'll miss having mom to do your laundry, and cook your dinner, and remind you that no, it is not a good idea to post a picture of your debit card on Twitter no matter how cute the picture on the card is. But you learn so much when you are forced to do things on your own. 

Don't skip church. Make friends in a college community group and have like-minded people to keep you accountable. Remember that you represent Christ in all you do, but don't let this make you self-righteous or judgmental. Remember that Jesus loved the adulteress and the woman at the well as much as he loved his disciples. You will meet people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. Remember that not everyone was raised the same way you were, and that sometimes showing the love of Christ is the most effective way to reach someone. And remember that if you slide, I'll still love you. You are about to enter a part of your life that requires you to have a faith all your own. You can't borrow faith from Mom and Dad anymore. It has to be all you, which is an idea that didn't make sense to me until I was where you were; but your faith will be that much stronger because it will be your own

If you stumble and fall, don't convince yourself that you are messed up or worthless. You are worth more than you know. I'm here and I always will be. I am a phone call away and I can talk you through the good times and the bad. I won't have all the answers, but I will listen as much as you need me to. 

You are about to have so much fun. Remember that high school doesn't matter as much as you think it does, and things get so much better. 

I love you and I'm so proud of you,


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