A Letter to My Daughter

My Dearest Baby Girl,

As I sit in awe of you every day, my heart grows more and more full. My love for you intensifies… and my fears about your future multiply.

Life is fragile. We have no idea what tomorrow will bring- the only certainty we have in life is that tomorrow is not guaranteed.

So given that tomorrow is not given I want my daughter to know the following…

I love you. I love you with all my heart. There is so much I want for you, and so much that I cannot control.

In world full of hatred and intolerance, be kind. Be the one that asks others to join in. Make people laugh, not cry. Never stop believing the best in people.

In a world hell bent on emphasising the differences between people- recognise what makes us similar. We are all people. We all have hearts that beat and bones that break. We are all sons and daughters. We all experience heartbreak when terrible things happen. Unite don’t divide.


I Hope You Are Happy

No matter what decisions you make, whether I agree with them or not, sweet girl, I hope you’re always happy. But not just happy on the surface. I hope you are blissfully, gut-wrenchingly, from the deepest part of your soul, so-overjoyed-your-heart-might-explode happy.

So happy you can’t stop smiling that beautiful smile. Because baby girl, I love your smile. And when you’re happy, mama is happy too.


I Hope You Always Feel Beautiful

I think you’re the most beautiful girl in the entire universe. And yes, I’m biased, but ultimately what I think doesn’t matter. I want you to know you’re beautiful. And not just because you have a pretty face. Because you are intelligent, compassionate, talented, funny, and a long list of other traits that others envy.

I hope that no matter how many times your heart gets broken (which I hope is very few), you can still look in the mirror and see your worth. To me, you are more valuable than life itself.


I Hope You Live a Healthy Life

We all want to live long lives free of sickness and disease. I wish nothing less for you. But beyond a life full of good physical health, I hope you are healthy emotionally, mentally, and spiritually too. I hope you never feel the need to harm yourself with substances or circumstances that bring you down in any way. I pray you’ll take care of yourself whenever I can’t.


I Hope You Are Treated Like Gold

One of the hardest things I’ll have to do someday as your mother is let you go. Release you to the world for you to fend for yourself. And I hope, precious angel, that when that happens, you are treated like gold by everyone you encounter. Schoolmates, friends, lovers, bosses, teachers, I hope you never tolerate disrespect. I hope you stand up to bullies, defend yourself to those who mock you, and never compromise your beliefs to fit someone else’s definition of what is acceptable. Hold your head up high, darling, because you deserve the best!


I Hope You Laugh a Lot

Life is hard sometimes. It can be brutal. You will experience pain, loss, heartache, and disappointment. But through it all, my love, I hope you can find a reason to smile. In fact, I hope you are able to look back and laugh. It’s been said that “laughter is the best medicine”, and sweet girl, it’s true.

Even in those moments when life seems unbearable, I hope you find something to be grateful for. Something that helps you forget the hurt. Something that reminds you of the good that still exists.


I Hope You Have Happy Memories of Your Childhood

I don’t want you to ever think back to your childhood with tears in your eyes. I hope you remember life being full of butterflies and rainbows. Please, baby girl, remember the happy times.


I Hope You Embrace Who You Are

Your mama is a pretty quirky lady. I do some strange things, and I’ve never been one to conform to the ways of the world. I hope you are never ashamed to believe what you believe, or to feel what you feel. I want you to be confident of the girl that you are.

Be your glorious selves- strong willed children like you will grow up to change the world.

You can be whatever the hell you want to be! Don’t listen to anyone who tells you you can’t- they are just scared. Take the risks, push yourself, believe in your dreams; they were given to you for a reason!

As nelson Mandela so eloquently put it, ‘A winner is just a dreamer who never gave up.’


I Hope You Know How Much I Love You

One of my biggest, if not the biggest hope I have, is that you know how infinite and unconditional my love for you is. Like a circle, it has no beginning and no end. There is nothing, absolutely nothing you can do to make me stop loving you. With each day that passes, I love you even more.

I hope you always know this, and that you feel my love, even when I’m not with you. You mean more to me than anything in this world. In fact, baby girl, you are my world!

These are the hopes that I have for you, and for your future. But they are just the tip of the iceberg. Truthfully, the list of hopes that I have for you is almost as infinite as my love for you.


Semarang, 26-03-2019


Your biggest fan,


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