Fiona will be turning 16 and her mother is giving her an incredible gift. It's such a neat idea that I wanted to share it.
She is asking those that know her daughter to write her a note or letter answering these three questions:
What do you wish you knew?
I wish I knew that many of the things about my self I judged as odd or idiosyncratic are some of my most colorful qualities. That I could celebrate these instead of trying to sand the edges of them and make them fit a tiny black and white puzzle that I'd created in my mind.
I wish I knew that asking questions is okay, and making changes based on the answers to those questions is okay.
I wish I knew that making mistakes is one of the best ways to learn, but also that yesterday's lesson never applies to what I need to learn today. It belonged to yesterday and today has something entirely new for me to learn.
I wish I knew that relationships are meant to heal us and teach us about ourselves, and heal us and teach us some more, repeat, forever.
I wish I knew that there is no there.
I wish I knew that doing something that inspires my heart is one of the fastest and funnest (yes I know that's not a word )ways to learn more about myself and the world. And will always lead me to the next funnest (now I've used it twice) or interesting thing that I need to know.
I wish I knew that God was bigger than the religion I thought s/he belonged to.
I wish I knew that reading other people's lessons was not half as valuable as learning my own specific lessons.
Finally, I'm glad I didn't know all these things then because it gave me something to learn from age 16 to Current Sage.
Now back to Fiona and the other two questions.