There is a project that I have been working on for years.
I got two really lovely, blank, lined notebooks a long time ago from a bookstore, and an idea was born.
I wanted to take one for each daughter and write every piece of hard-won life advice, inspiration, and ways to love themselves into these notebooks, and give them the books on their 18th birthday. Neither of these books are meant to be filled - the empty pages at the end are for their own experiences.
When I started this, 18 seemed so far off… And it’s not anymore. I have grown myself by realizing that my life lessons don’t encapsulate every other person’s, and that by limiting them to only hearing my voice, I’d be doing them a disservice. Every story is valid and will expand their horizons. Don’t be afraid to speak up if your story/advice is sad or full of anger, either. We all go through that.
I would be forever grateful if you would consider sending your thoughts in to be included in the books as well. (You can be credited or not, identify as whatever you please, whatever you like. This project is everybody-friendly.) I want my girls to grow up in a world where they never lacked the lessons I did, and can carry themselves with confidence and a fighter’s love and spirit.
If you read this and don’t want to be involved, cool! Just do me one favor and reblog this, if you will. I need a pretty big audience.
If you would like to respond via Tumblr, simply write what you want to say, credit yourself as you’d like to be credited, and tag the post “Operation: Wisdom” and/or @marionravenwoodisstillhere. My thanks will never be enough.
If you’d like to make it more private, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be eternally grateful to hear what you have to say there.
Thank you so much for reading this.