The World Is Yours, Little One

The World Is Yours, Little One

You are loved, little one.
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“My wish for you is that this life becomes all that you want it to, your dreams stay big, your worries stay small. You never need to carry more than you can hold.” Rascal Flatts

When my cousin was born in 2015, I knew this meant I was going to have a new tiny best friend, someone to spoil, and someone I’d hope to inspire. She became exactly that and more. As I’ve watched her grow over the past 17 months, I’ve realized that I want the world to be a better place for her. I want her to be the best person she could be and I hope that I could show her the way. Whether you have a baby yourself, or a younger relative, you should try to teach them some things. If you can’t change the world for them, make them a better person who can take on the world. You should hope to teach that little one a lot of things, for they are the next generation of our world. Here are some of the things I hope to teach mine:

It’s okay to be whoever you want to be.

Know that you are accepted as whoever and whatever you want to be. Everyone is different. Love whoever you want to love, dress however you want to dress, express yourself in any way possible. Never be ashamed of who you are. Shame on those who cannot accept you. Don’t pay any attention to those narrow-minded people. You don’t have to do things that are “deemed” normal for a girl. If you want to try out for the football team one day, why not?

Be strong

Be so strong that you can hold your own head up. Face your problems with bravery, courage, and dignity. Don’t let yourself sink when things go wrong. Keep getting up. If you fall down seven times, stand up eight.

You are not smaller or of less value than any man

Being a girl is not the easiest thing to be. You will be looked down upon, walked all over, and viewed a whole lot differently than men, and not just because of biological reasons. People will think you are sensitive, vulnerable, weak, and submissive. Show people what it’s really like to do things “like a girl.” You are powerful. You can do anything a man can do, and sometimes even better. You can be a CEO, a boss, or even the president of the United States. You don’t belong “in the kitchen,” you belong to be out in the world enjoying it as much as any other. Empower the girls around you. Do not bring them down or compete with them. Fight together. You are a girl and you can change the world.

Help others, be kind to others

There are many people who need help in the world and all around you. Help them. Don’t turn your head or walk away when you have a chance to help someone in need. Be kind to people. Being mean gets you nowhere but hated, alone, or guilty. Everyone deserves kindness, even if they are in the wrong. Be the bigger person.

Your mistakes don’t define you

They may not define you, but they teach you lessons. Learn from your mistakes. Don’t let them hold you down. Let them lead the way to a better future.

You are worthy

You deserve the world. Do not let anyone tell you differently. Do not let anyone treat you of lesser value than you really are. You are worth so much more than letting anyone do you wrong and getting away with it. You are worth the best of the best. Give yourself the best of everything. Treat your body with care. Love yourself. Put yourself above everyone because at the end of the day you are beyond worthy of happiness.

Dream big

You can be anything you want to be in this world. The sky isn’t the limit when there are footprints on the moon. Be anything you want to be. You can do it. The only thing that can stop you is yourself. Work hard to get there. Make yourself proud. Prove to yourself that you are capable of achieving your dreams.

The world is yours

The world can be an ugly place, but it is also beautiful. There are so many places to discover. You share this world with so many people of different cultures to meet and learn about. Travel the world and find yourself. Don’t stay in one location. This is your home. Explore it, embrace it, and learn to love it. Make this world a better place. You can do it however you want. If you don’t like something, try to change it. You have the world in your hands. It’s yours. Do what you want with it, and be who you want in it.

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To The Girl Who Always Feels Left Out

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To the girl who always feels left out,

Girl, let me just tell you, I know the feeling. It feels as though my whole life, I have been that girl. You know that feeling when you are standing in a group of people and someone comes up and asks everyone to go to lunch in that group... But you?

Or they make it even worse by saying "Oh, I guess you can come too." You guess I can come to?

No, thank you.

At that point, you feel like the only reason you are being invited is that they feel like they have to. Which more than likely is actually the case. What about when you ask your friend to hang out and she can't because she will be doing homework all night? However, an hour later, you see her with your other best friend. Oh okay cool, sorry for bothering you with my friendship.

You know you are the girl who is always left out when you are the designated "photographer" or you have to specifically ask if you can take a picture with them because they are obviously done taking pictures and did not want one with you.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who 'Float' Between Friend Groups

We all know "Hey, will you take this picture of us?" all too well. Am I right, ladies? Oh yeah, it is fine. I hate being in pictures. I definitely hate taking pictures to remember this wonderful time I'm having.

What about when you and your friends discuss doing something later during the week and you ask about it but "It's probably not happening anymore." Then you check and would you look at that, your "friends" are having fun without you.

Shocker.

Oh but don't worry about it, I had things to do anyway. You know, clean the house, work on homework that is due next week, binge-watch The Office for the third time this week. Fun stuff. Oh and better yet when you see your friends are hanging out without you. The next time they see you, they talk about how much fun they had.

Oh yes, please tell me about how much fun you had without me. I totally enjoy hearing about how "I totally missed out" and "I should have come." Well, an invite would have been well appreciated. But maybe next time, right? Wrong.


Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Wow this girl is being so petty." Well if you are thinking that, then you obviously do not know the feeling. And to think about it, you probably are not the one in the friend group who is being left out. So think about who that person is and make them feel included next time. It would be greatly appreciated. You do not know how much of a difference it could make.

Yes, I know everyone feels left out sometimes, but time after time, it starts to get really old. Then after you have to start inviting yourself to hang out with people, you realize well since they are not inviting me themselves, maybe they don't want me here. And then surprisingly, you stop hanging out with them. Hmmm, I wonder what could've possibly happened.


Yes, I know, most people do not do this on purpose. I am sure I have even done it once or twice without realizing it, and I am truly sorry.

From one left out girl to another,

Good Luck

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Being Close To Your Cousins Is The Best Thing That Can Happen To You

Who needs therapists when you have cousins like mine?

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My cousins bring out the best in me. When I'm with them, I am happier. They have played a significant role in shaping my mind and my soul. My cousins are the most meaningful people in my life—my life would be incomplete without them. Here are six reasons why cousins are awesome!

1. They help you define yourself 

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My cousins know me inside out. When I find myself in situations where a choice has to be made, be it choosing my career or just another pizza, my cousins have helped me choose—they know me so well! There have been times when my cousins knew things about me that I myself didn't know. It's always good to see yourself through others' eyes, and no one can get as real as your cousins.

2. They inspire you 

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Dance is something that I feel I was destined to do. It is one hobby I could never give up. My childhood is marked with memories of my cousin Rishabh and I going crazy to Bollywood songs. His passion and energy acted as my fuel. It is with him that I discovered the dancer hidden within me. His love for dance continues to inspire me each day.

3. They are there for you, no matter what 

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My cousins have always been there for me, through thick and thin. They have helped me understand and control my emotions. Who needs therapists when you have cousins like mine?

4. You learn so much from them 

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My cousin Shivam formed the image of an ideal elder brother in my life. He always stood with what was right and fought against the wrong. I look up to him because in him I see someone who is wise way beyond his years. I see a nurturing, supportive, patient man who is aware of his words and actions. Being the eldest of us all, he made sure we felt happy and safe. From him, I have learned the importance of selfless love, humility, and of always being right. Growing up with these amazing people that I call my cousins, I learned new things every day.

5. They understand you 

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They were there through the hair color phase, the nose ring phase, the Taylor Swift phase, and they never judged you.

6. They're like parents, but cooler 

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When you make a mistake, they will correct you. When you cross the line, they will put you back in your place. But when you want to go out partying, they'll also help you pick an outfit!

Cousins are a blessing in disguise. And if you have cousins like mine, oh boy, you must be lucky! My cousins make the challenging path toward adulthood worth walking. They make life worth living. And as we part ways and move into different cities, our hearts will always be together and their lessons always with me.
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