This lovely season should be a time of family and gifts, but the biggest gift of this season is that of acceptance and love. I am a mother of three teenagers that bring joy to my life. One thing that I have always held close to my heart, no matter what their life choices are, is that I would support whomever they love and whatever they wanted to do or be in their lives. Though you may be in a place right now where this support has never been offered to you, I am here to let you know that I do. Right now.
There is nothing special about me. I am not some extraordinary supermom. But I am here to let you know that no matter what anyone has ever told you, even if it’s a small voice inside you telling you that who you are is just not right, it is a lie. You are special. You deserve love and to be loved. You deserve to be accepted for your beauty, your passion, and your dreams, wherever they take you and with whomever you choose to share them with.
I want you to know that even when you feel like the cruel words of others define you, they do not. They all break away when you know there is someone who has your back no matter what. That person would be me. Though tears have stained your heart with sadness, please smile and know that even in the fight to be who you are, I am here cheering you on.
I will be the one to keep a candle shining bright for you when others want to blow it out. I will be the one who will shout to the skies proudly, and give you voice when you feel silent in your own words. I give you not gifts wrapped in ribbons and bows and bought on Black Friday or Cyber Monday, I give you the gift of love, respect, and support from my heart. For I know that even when you feel, “Who will ever believe in me? Who will ever encourage me?” Let it be my voice you hear in your ear. Hear me say, “You are beautiful, you are amazing, you are coming out from wherever you are and being exactly just you.”
So dear one, know this as I say to my children, don’t let anything stop your dreams. I say these same words to you. Holidays times sometimes bring out the miracles of kindness and love when you least expect it. Know that in you, you are that miracle, you are loved, and that you hold a special place in my heart.
Love from my heart,