10/11/12 First Ever – International Day of the Girl
“In reserving a day for advocacy and action by and for girls, the UN has signaled its commitment to end gender stereotypes, discrimination, violence, and economic disparities that disproportionately affect girls… including gender violence, early marriage, child labor, and discrimination at work.”
So what message would I like to convey to my daughters?
1. Have fun – life is too short to not have fun. And yes, it is possible to meet all your responsibilities in life while still having fun.
2. Find a passion/follow your dream. Life if full of responsibilities and requirements. Make time for yourself and be at peace with all that you do with your life.
3. Trust yourself and be true to yourself.
4. Don’t let your wounds determine your future – they are a part of you but they don’t define you.
5. You can do anything – you truly can – it just takes work.
6. It is okay to be scared – but don’t let your goal and dreams be taken over by your fear.
7. Don’t be afraid of mistakes – I have often found that those mistakes may lead you much farther ahead than you were otherwise. They may even lead you to some path that is better – yet something that you had never considered.
8. Help others whenever you can. Everyone needs something – you have so much to offer.
9. Don’t allow others to persuade you to make choices where you are not true to your self, your dreams and your future.
10. Family is very important. Let them support you and you support them. They will make your life much more meaningful.
11. If someone is causing you pain intentionally – MOVE ON!
12. Not critical but my own 2 cents – get a dog. That unconditional love is priceless. But only if you can provide unconditional love back.
What would you like to convey as a message to your daughters? Don’t get me wrong – these messages apply to my son too.