Letter to our future child.
April 26, 2011
Daddy and I have been doing a lot of soul searching lately about what we want our lives to look like over the next five years. It has made me think about what I will want for you in the future as well. First of all, I want you to have big dreams. I want you to know that anything you want to do is possible. But I also want you to experience life with all of its ups and downs.
Perhaps it is because I'm not yet a mother that I don't have the urge to protect you from every bad thing in life. Maybe I will change my mind on this, but right now, I want you to fall down, so you can gain the courage to get back up. I want you to get a bad grade in a class so you learn to work hard. I want you to fight with a friend so you can see what it means to compromise and value differences. I want you to not be good at everything so you can figure out your passion and pursue it wildly. I want you to get your heart broken, so that you will know that real love is messy, and imperfect, and worth it. I want you to question God, so that the relationship you have with Christ is your own, and not just a result of watching us.
As the saying goes, you can have anything you want, but you can't have everything. Only through the bad can you figure out what's good. I hope the good outweighs the bad, but I know you're bound to stumble. Always remember I'll be there to help you get back up.