"It might be a little dark and spooky up there
but it beats what's waiting for you out there."
I've always said I wanted to keep you locked up in the attic and throw away the key to keep you safe and sheltered from all the darkness in the world. As the years passed, I have come to realize that although the world can be vicious and cruel, sheltering you would leave you without a glimpse of what our world has to offer. It is such a beautiful place, full of hidden treasures waiting to be uncovered. So many amazing people and places await you out there.
I want you to be able to FULLY live your lives. But, living a FULL life means that you will experience great heartaches and countless trials that will test your faith in mankind right alongside the moments of great love, joy, happiness, hope and promise. You have to see and experience it all to appreciate the good that is out there waiting on you. So, embrace your life's experiences and gain as much insight as you can. These "Ah-Ha" moments are the key to life. The lessons learned will have a great impact on you and the decisions you make.
I'll be here to support you with open arms. With a warm hug and a gentle kiss, I offer you a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on. I will try not to impose my beliefs on you, but I will ask the tough questions, letting you form your own opinions and make your own decisions. I will support you through your successes, but more importantly through your so-called failures. Through those '"failures," as hard as it may be, remember that they are just the learning tools of life. You can either let them bring you down or you can learn from them. Your choice. I hope you will choose to pick yourself up, dust off and move on. There are no mistakes and no right or wrong choices. It would be so easy for me to try to step in and help solve your problems for you, but what good would that do?
I may not be able to provide you with you everything you dream of, but I certainly can offer you the greatest gift I have: my love and support throughout your life. I will be, forever, your biggest cheerleader.
Go live life fully and embrace all that is waiting for you. There is a great big world out there. Always give it and the people that you meet along the way a chance. Remember to always show compassion for everyone is fighting their own demons and battles that you know nothing about. Don't take anyone or anything for granted. Always show gratitude and be thankful for all life's blessings, big and small.
For what awaits? A lifetime of adventures!
You only get one chance at this life. Make it count!
Give it all you've got and I'll be here for you always...
For more children inspired articles, you might enjoy reading Through a Child's Eyes.
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