Dear Girl:


October 8, 2011 by Kristen

For better or worse, know that it won’t feel like this forever.  Real life isn’t like your favorite novel—don’t impose those expectations upon people. It isn’t fair. Wait tables so you know how to work hard and tip graciously. Don’t give your whole heart to someone who only offers you half of his. Marry the man who values you as much as your daddy does. If your father didn’t love you, don’t assume that God doesn’t either. Find your reason for living & go after it wholeheartedly. But please don’t chase dreams without eternal value. You’re going to mess up your life sometimes—remember: this is not the end. Scars are proof that we all heal. It’s okay not to want a picket fence or a yard to landscape. It’s okay to want those things. A firm handshake is not just for men. Don’t just question injustice—do something about it. You’re never too old to play on the swings at the park. Siblings make the best of friends. Desire love like music; so beautiful and real that it makes your heart ache—in the best way. Keeping singing along with the radio, even when people are looking. Slow dance beneath the stars at least once in your life. Don’t wait too long to take your faith seriously. Write. Even if you think you have nothing to say. Put that pen to paper, I promise there’s a story to be told.


5 thoughts on “Dear Girl:

  1. Amanda says:

    Kristen, this is so good and powerful. I loved it, thanks girl.

  2. Bekah Hope says:

    I needed to hear this from someone other than myself today. I’ve been reminding myself all day that I can’t feel disappointed because “life is not a fairytale” and that pain reminds me I am human – I am REAL.

    Thank you for this.

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