Monday, September 3, 2012

To Evelyn on her 19th birthday

The other day I showed a picture of you to my mother. She said, 'That girl is smart. You can see it in her eyes.'
Undoubtedly, you are. You are smart, beautiful and kind. But you never show off because you are also humble. That is why I always said you deserve to be as happy as possible: you are a such a beautiful treasure in the box called life. In my life, and in the lives of your friends you are a treasure.
The treasure is now 19 years old, and it starts shining as bright as ever. The whole world is ready to embrace you, you're going to see a lot of wonders along the way, meet amazing people and make life-changing decisions. 19 is just the very beginning.
There are going to be some hardships as well, but when you are in trouble, when you feel like giving up, remember my words about you being one of the best people I've ever met. Remember that you are important to your friends and family. And when there is someone who loves and needs you, are there any hardships we wouldn't be able to handle? :)
Live, love, laugh, they say. Never cry too much, never complain too much. Strong people attract strong people. Help others, but, first and foremost, those close to you. Forgive and forget. Don't burden yourself with guilt. Never rush. Stop and listen to the birds sing, watch the stars shine and smell the roses. The world unfolding before you, is full of miracles.
And you are one of them.
Smart, beautiful and kind.

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