Dear Beautiful Woman…

Megan is my sunshine — a stubborn pragmatist steeped with compassionate empathy…

My favorite blonde cowgirl celebrates her 14th  birthday today.  In honor of her special day, I would like to share a letter that she wrote to a friend in need last fall.  All of us who are parents can recognize how important it is to teach a balance of confidence and compassion to our kids. This letter demonstrates the struggles of teenage girls while also highlighting the importance of loyal friends who share love and compassion to support each other on the journey.

 Dear Beautiful Woman,

You can be anything you want to be. Aspire to be your greatest form. Take the tools that you are given and make something of yourself. You are so amazing at being you. If the people who are around you actually care, they will stick around no matter how stupid you make yourself look.

Study hard and work for what you want. If I could give you any piece of advice it would be to work your hardest. Nothing has meaning unless it is earned. Good grades are earned through studying hard and learning. If you want that spot on the varsity team, work your butt off to get better. Go to every open gym or practice you can. That’s how you get better. Push yourself to be better than the “you” you were yesterday.

And to that jerk who dumped you last week; that’s his loss. If he doesn’t have the intelligence to see what a great person you are, then let him go. It’s okay to cry but don’t let him leaving change who you are. You are you; boyfriend or not! Your true friends will be there for you (sometimes a little more than you want!). Let them help. Help them. They know how it feels. But most of all: move on!

Stand up for yourself. Tell that brat at the lunch table off. Make your voice heard. Your opinions matter. So let others know that you think for yourself. Words are sometimes more effective than a punch. And tell that boy that starts strange rumors about you that you are not afraid of him. People will respect you for that. Just let your conscience lead you, and don’t go too far.

I believe in you. Believe in yourself. Have confidence in who you are. And please, please, please, do not EVER look to any one else for approval. If you are comfortable in your own skin, roll with it. Be you! Be intelligent, be strong, be humble, be kind.  Relative to the people who are “on your hate list” — What a stupid waste of time. Don’t focus on the negative in people, focus on the positive. You have negatives too. We are all human; we are ALL imperfect.

Put all of these things together and what do you get? A leader. Be one. These things make you an intelligent, compassionate, beautiful person. Encourage others to be one too.

Think about these things. They will make you a better you.

Love,

Megan

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13 responses to “Dear Beautiful Woman…

  1. Amazing soul Megan!
    and cheers to your gorgeous parents!
    can*t wait to share this special piece of soul healing!
    Thank You!

    it come into my mind 2 special girls song
    specially for your birthday!
    I love it!

    Lennon & Maisy // “That’s What’s Up” // Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

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  3. theranchwifechronicles

    Happy Birthday, Megan!
    From the sounds of this letter, Megan, is a true leader with wisdom beyond her short 14 years. Good Job, Anne and Matt, on the job you are doing to raise an amazing young woman!

  4. Diane Henderson

    Wow. Wise beyond her years. You all have obviously done a wonderful job as parents!. And Happy Birthday, Megan!

  5. Lynn

    Wow! Amazing letter!

    • Thank you, Lynn! The positive feedback is really neat — a good confidence booster for Megan 😊

      I appreciate you taking the time to comment.
      Best,
      Anne

  6. Happy Birthday Megan!!!!
    You are an inspiring young woman. If there were more girls like you and your sisters in the world…. the hope for the future would be even brighter. You are a true role model and great support for those around you. I wish I had a friend like you when I was in school. Keep shining your positive strong light bright and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    • Thank you, Kim 😊. You are always so sweet and generous with your comments! She had a great day.

      We hope that things are going well for you back east!
      Anne

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