Dear Future Baby, I'm Already In Love With You

Dear Future Baby, I'm Already In Love With You

My heart is already so full of love and your worth even though you aren't here yet.

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Even though I don't know you yet, I already love you with my whole heart. Someday you will be more than a dream; you will be a living reality. I don't know what will happen in between now and when you're born, but I can't wait to meet you. It doesn't matter if you are a girl, boy, learn differently or look differently than others. It doesn't matter if you are long or short, tiny or a cute little chunk. It doesn't matter if you look like me, your Daddy, both of us or have a look completely your own. You will be special and perfect, because you will be mine and because you are human.

Nothing could make you less human, less perfect, or less mine.

As long as your heart is beating and you are breathing, nothing else will matter more to me. The circumstances and timing surrounding the beginning of your life will not determine whether you are wanted and loved. It doesn't matter where I am or what I may have to give up, you will be completely worth it. There will never come a day when all lives are not precious or valued to me.

You will be given a chance to live and love this beautiful life.

I am deeply saddened that I can't give this to every little one who doesn't get a chance. I will speak for you and protect you until you can for yourself. I will do everything in my power to see that you are never harmed. With me, you will be safe, understood and loved unconditionally.

I hope one day in the future that I am able to be blessed with the gift that I'm certain you will be. I can't wait to hold you in my arms and tell you all the words that I've had in my heart for so long. When I look into a little one's eyes, I am reminded of you too and the person you will become. You will cry and you will laugh.

You will learn to walk and you will crawl. You will fall, but I will help you get up. You will be afraid, but you will also be brave. You will learn and you will grow through all the choices you make and the person you become. I can't wait to meet you and be a part of that.

Even when it's dark, you don't have to be afraid because I'll be right there.

I'll hold your hand and walk with you until you don't need me to anymore. And whenever you're older, if you need me, I will be there too. I'll always just be a phone call, visit, and hug away from you. I may not be able to be your side all the time when you're older, but I will carry you with me in my heart. We will walk through your first day of school, first heartbreak, first time pursuing your dreams and more — together.

It will be OK even when the world seems to be falling apart; we have One holding us that will mend it. God will be there and I promise I'll be there too.

The world and the people in it can be cold and cruel, but don't let that scare you. You can be both soft and strong if you keep your kindness. Showing love and serving others can go a long way. It may not change the situation every time, but it will always change you. Keep hope and love in your pocket for yourself and for others.

It doesn't take a lot, but it does take one person to start. There will be days you need it. It makes a difference and will help to make the world a sunnier place. I believe in you and can't wait to see the impact you make.

You can turn rain to sunshine when you see all the negativity, but choose to focus on the positive.

Life won't be easy, but you can come to me about anything and we can face it together. I know all the stories that have made me who I am today, and you will have those too. You can confide in me about the mistakes you made, the weaknesses you have or the secrets you keep.

There isn't anything too small or too big for you to bring up. I wish I could fix everything wrong with this world and protect you from all the hurt and darkness. While I can't always do that, I can be someone you can rely on to listen and care.

I will never regret loving you fully or how much I am trusted with in return.

I will be your safe place no matter how young, old, small, or big you grow. You will always be one of my greatest and sweetest gifts and I hope to be that for you too.

Darling, no matter who you become and where you go, I want you to never forget how much you matter. You are never alone, regardless of what others make you feel like and what the lies in your head tell you.

Little does not mean, and never will mean, worthless.

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“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?

Nope.

High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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The Rebellious Kids That Grew Up With Strict Parents Are Actually The Most Successful Young Adults

I turned out a lot better than the girl down the street, and she was never allowed out past dark.

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Instead of going out, drinking until I can't drink anymore, and doing it again two days later, I'm working my butt off to save money and becoming a valuable person in society. None of that would be possible if I was still itching to go out to parties and try new things that I haven't gotten to try yet.

From the young age of 14, I was experimenting, sneaking out, and getting smokes and booze any chance I got. This wasn't because of bad parenting, it was because of my creative and rebellious personality that I still have to this day. But now my curiosity is focused on traveling the world, saving money, coming up with business ideas, and figuring out how to be the best person I can be.

Thinking back, I'm pretty sure I was in seventh or eighth grade the first time I ever actually smoked pot. On football Friday nights, you could catch me in the student section with a water bottle filled with vodka. If someone was having a party, I was there. I went out to a bar when I was 16 years old with this old fake ID that I was afraid wouldn't work. Nowadays kids get in huge trouble for stuff like that, but to me, that's literally what growing up is all about.

You can hear someone give you advice over and over again, but until you experience it yourself your lesson will never be truly learned. Some may think that I'm missing out on memories I could make with my friends now, but I have all of those awesome memories from when I was younger. I can also make those memories and be the responsible one out of the group when I do decide that I have time to go out.

I wasn't a "bad kid." I got good grades, I played sports, I had good manners, and I was overall a pretty outstanding young woman. I never let my curiosity get the best of me and that is why I am where I am.

Flash forward seven years later and none of those things even cross my mind anymore. I see my fellow friends going out three to four times a week, running late to work and struggling in school because they are still curious about drinking and trying things that "normal teenagers" try.

Let's be honest, I was judged by some parents and even kids I went to school with because of the things I did. Although now, those same kids that judged me are still living under the shell that their parents created for them and it's holding them back from their economic, social, and mental potential.

Instead of looking hungover for work, I walk in looking like the most seasoned, clean cut, 19-year-old out there. Rather than spending my days planning my outfit for the party this Friday night and struggling to make ends meet, I'm looking into where I want to settle down and buy a home so I can start a business and build it from the ground up.

I beat the system when I was younger and thanks to that I'm killing slaying the boring expectations set by society for people in their early twenties.

So Dad, thanks for not getting an alarm on the house until I was 16. Believe it or not, it has given me a lot of opportunities. Mom, thanks for letting me do everything that Dad wouldn't. Lastly, shout out to all the "bad kids." I can't wait to see where this exciting life takes you.

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