There will come a day when you will think I am far too old to be able to relate to you and the experiences of your youth. Sometimes I wish there was a way to dump all of the knowledge and experiences I’ve learned over the years into your head so you can just bypass all the tears, disappointments and heartbreak that come with growing up. I wish you could just already know that it’s better to have one good friend that you can always count on and will never let you down than ten friends who judge you and throw fuel on your insecurities. I wish you could know that’s it better to spend your high school years having fun with your friends and exploring the possibilities of your youth without getting bogged down in a serious relationship with a boy you will most likely outgrow before you even graduate. I hope that we can teach you to follow the call of your spirit and that it leads you to see the world, to take on experiences that challenge you beyond the limits of comfort, but most of all, my greatest wish is that you strive not to be the prettiest or most popular girl in school - but the coolest.
Cool girls explore their creative interests. They revel in their individualism when everyone else is desperate to be just the same as all the rest. Cool girls are respected because they respect others. Cool girls never make themselves look good by talking bad about others. Cool girls start clubs. They take on leadership roles. They motivate their peers. Cool girls take hard classes. They travel abroad. Cool girls make the most of constructive criticism. Cool girls know that material things don’t make people, character and actions make people. Cool girls are not defined by anyone else’s definition of cool. They respect themselves.