[Originally published: April 11, 2016]
Have you ever thought about what you would tell your daughter if you haven’t had the chance to meet her yet? You expect that she will be great and take after you, but have you made any mistakes that you definitely do not want her making? What scares you for your children’s futures? I could go on for days thinking and writing what I would want her to know. Women’s roles in society have changed so much in the last century. Just think how much it will continue to change and evolve into something that today’s moms are not even expecting.
In your lifetime you will experience many new things. Societal, agricultural, technological, and many other advances will be made. Sometimes it will be cool and other times it will be scary. The best advice I can give you is to try to keep up with the advances, but do not let them consume you. People will always grow, change, and develop. I wish for you to follow your heart, chase your dreams, no matter how cliché that may sound.
When it comes to agricultural advances, there will be fads, practices, and trends. Traditions that will all change during your lifetime as it did mine. I encourage you to become well-educated in areas that may concern you. Articles published through different media outlets may not be the most reliable. Check multiple reliable sources and take away your own ideas from your research.
Technology: isn’t it a great thing? What has changed since you were a little girl? Keeping up with technology is a job within itself. Some words for the wise: technology consumes you if you let it. You are only as advanced as you allow yourself to become. Sometimes technology can make life easier but sometimes it makes life 10 times more difficult. Social media are great for keeping up with friends who you do not see very often, yet it takes away from those you are with on a daily basis. Find a way to balance your life and don’t let one piece consume you.
In conclusion, have fun with life. After all, you never know how long you have to live. You are the youngest you will ever be right now and the oldest you have yet to be. As many people say, “live well, laugh often, love much” quoted by Bessie Anderson Stanley. This quote within itself means a great deal because it reminds us to live life to its fullest, while still having time to laugh, and always love like there is no tomorrow. I challenge you to set extreme goals and even if you do not accomplish them they will take you to great places.
With much love,
I encourage all moms who have read this, write a letter every so often to your daughter and then give them to her when she moves out. These letters can be whatever you choose to make them. You can talk about things that have happened since the last letter you wrote or they could write them on big occasions. The task is up to you, let me know what you think of this.
Southern Illinois University