Encouragement for young women through words of wisdom from a mother to her daughter:
My darling Zoe,
You are beautiful, you are strong, and one important thing you need to know is that God created you for a purpose. Always believe in your self-worth and dignity. Always believe that you count and that your life has ultimate significance. Unfortunately we live in a patriarchal society which favors men, however, never let this get you down. Always stand up for what is right and let your voice be heard. Never shrink yourself or act modest with the fear of ruffling other people’s feathers.
Always aim for the stars and set goals that scare you. Believe in yourself. You can achieve anything that you set your mind to and never let anyone tell you otherwise. You can be a Pilot, a Doctor or even the President if you want; you just have to believe in yourself. Do not let the world dictate to you who or what you should be.
Zoe my dear, you are worth more than that beautiful face and sexy body, beyond that external beauty lies someone of great value and importance. Discover who you are, increase your self-worth and preserve it. Never let a man validate your existence.
When you fall in love (and you will) never lose yourself in the relationship, love yourself and never let anyone treat you less than what you deserve. A real man will love you and treat you with respect. Always remember your worth.
Always remember that challenges are part of life and they will come your way. When they do, always believe in yourself, know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. Never be afraid to reach deep inside as you overcome all the challenges that come your way.
My dearest Zoe, we were all created equal but different. Never envy the gifts that your friends have, but know that you have your own. Discover them and soar like an eagle as you fulfill what God created you to be. Never succumb to peer pressure. You do not need to change your values and beliefs so that others can love you. Believe in yourself and all that you are. Do not be afraid to be different.
The world we live in is full of injustices, know that you were created for such a time as this, to be a solution bearer for your generation. Always endeavor to make a difference and leave the world a better place than you found it.
Your loving mom,