If people bring you joy, let them know.
If people are mean to you, don’t give them the time it takes to respond. Walk away and don’t look back.
If a lover breaks your trust, you will get over it. Move on. If a friend does, your heart will be broken forever.
When angry, walk away before you respond. Come back when you can talk.
Know there is nothing you can do that will make me not love you.
If there is an unmarked path, go for a hike.
If you’re near a lake, go swimming. Light a fire to warm up. Trust me on this.
Know that you have to be scared to move forward. New things are scary. Go over, under or through. Just keep going. You can rest when you get there.
Do something that brings you joy. Every day.
Know that if you can debate with me, there is no one that will conquer your spirit.
Know that you always have your family. And your cats. We’ve got your back.
Know that I make you keep your elbows off the table so you can go anywhere and do anything. Same goes for grammar.
Know that I made a choice to have children. One of you I got to pick. The other two I chose to have. There were four times in my life that I didn’t second-guess myself. You were three of them.
Know that I have grown more as a person being your mom than I ever would have without you.
Know that I will love you forever.
Don’t believe people when they tell you an idea won’t work. They don’t know of what you’re capable. And you won’t know either until you try. So try.
Know by the way I look at you how I feel. Words don’t always come out of my mouth the right way.
Know that if I didn’t have to work, I wouldn’t.
Understand what this means:
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid. -Albert Einstein
Oh and please, for the love of all things right in this world, wash your feet. With soap.