twenty six things i’ll tell my future daughter

  1. Everything happens for a reason- as hard as it is to believe sometimes, the tough times will only make you stronger and the wonderful things are timed the way they are because it’s all part of the universe’s plan for you.
  2. He is not worth crying over. If he was, he wouldn’t have made you cry.
  3. Learn to say sorry, and
  4. Learn to forgive (but not forget). It will be invaluable in teaching you how to live a worry-free life.
  5. Do what you want to do- whether you’d like to be a doctor, or an escort, or a lollipop lady. The important thing is that you’re happy.
  6. Your mum used to be really, really cool. That might be a slight exaggeration.
  7. Learn how to spell words like exaggeration before you’re twenty one, and teach me please.
  8. Your high school years will not be the best years of your life. They are, however, the only time you’ll get away with doing dumb / fun / insane stuff with the “I’m only a teenager” excuse, so love it while you can.
  9. Some girls will always be mean. Trust me when I tell you that it’s only because they’re jealous, and trust me when I say that I didn’t believe my mum when she told me that either.
  10. The best medicine for a sad day is some sunshine and your best friend.
  11. Tell that boy that you like him- you can always run away and hide in a bush if he doesn’t feel the same way, and you’ll probably laugh over it together in ten years (when you’re married) (or not).
  12. If you can score a job, love it. Even if it’s washing dishes or cooking fish and chips, it will teach you more than you could ever imagine.
  13. Don’t be afraid of falling in love- with people, with places, with moments.
  14. Don’t forget to write, or draw, or paint, or sing, or talk all about it when you do, you never want to forget that feeling.
  15. If you don’t want to have sex, then don’t- it’s really boring if you’re not in the moment.
  16. If you do want to have sex, go for your life! Just be safe and look after yourself. It can be such an intense / beautiful / insanely fun thing to do if you’re ready and comfortable.
  17. Never spend more than $15 on mascara- they all do the same job.
  18. It is not your job to keep everyone around you happy. All you can do is let them know that you love them, and they you think they’re wonderful, and from there they can look after themselves.
  19. Spend some time with your grandmas and grandpas. They love you so, so much, and hearing from you will make their week.
  20. Treat your body with respect- that doesn’t mean you can’t eat half a tub of ice cream or share some hot chips with your best friend, it just means you need to listen to what it’s telling you and know when to break out the broccoli.
  21. Your dad can tell if your boyfriend is going to be a little shit far before you can- mainly because he’s been there and done that! (he’ll probably grow up to be an incredible man, though- just give him time).
  22. Don’t ever ever take anything unless you know exactly what it is. Please talk to me first, your safety will always come before my stance on drugs.
  23. If you ever need to borrow some money, ask. There is no guarantee that we will say yes, but we just might.
  24. Stay away from any miracle weight loss products. If you want to feel better and look more healthy, go for a run every day and see how great it makes you feel.
  25. Love this life. I know you don’t believe me now, but it is going to fly by faster and faster and before you know it you might just be writing a list like this yourself.
  26. I love you.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Brendan says:

    Great read, all good points. I am looking forward to teaching my son/daughter the difference between bought and brought, their there and they’re! 🙂 keep up the good work. Turkeysangawithmayo


  2. emmylou steele says:

    Chloe,you are an amazing young woman,and you will be a fabulous mother x x x


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