Dear daughter, I know that when you look into my eyes, you are trying to see yourself in me. And while I always wanted you to be like me, now I am starting to realize how sorry I am that you mirror me in so many ways.

I am sorry that you feel things so deeply, with every fiber of your being, because I know that feeling so much in such an apathetic world can be a massive burden on your heart.

I am sorry that despite how sensitive you are, much like me, you are so strong and so brave and so courageous and so kind, because we are living in a time when that places you in a tough position.

Sometimes I look at you and notice the same pained expression in your eyes because you want to change the world, but don’t know where to start. I often fear the day you meet someone who will take advantage of your loving nature.

You are so eager to learn everything, to know everything and to be everything. And you are so eager to grow up.

You look at the world with rose-colored glasses, just like I did at your age, and it scares the hell out of me.

I wish I could guide you through every moment of every day, but I know that isn’t always going to be the case.

You feel things so deeply, so authentically, and you are a bright light in a dim world.

While most parents are ecstatic that their child is a mirror into their soul and even their appearance, I have to say if I could apologize a million times and then a million times more, I would.

You are too pure for this world. You would give every bit of yourself just to see someone smile, and that scares me because I once was that girl. And I gave every part of myself, allowing everyone to drain me of my energy until I realized where my boundaries were.

Regardless of how sorry I am, please know that I am beyond proud to call you my daughter. You are the most amazing little girl in the entire world, and while you may be growing into a young woman now, you will always be my little girl.

I am far from perfect, but I promise you, that everything I do now, I do for you. I would climb Mount Everest in bare feet if I had to rescue you from the top.

I can see the heartbreak in your eyes when you feel like there is nothing you can do, but please know that your strength, your generosity, and your heart will allow you to change the world, just through your existence.

While I am sorry that you are so much like me, please know that I am also proud of who you are. And who you will become. You are the strongest little girl I know, and the most magnificent human being in my eyes. I will always be here to love you, support you, and help guide you through as much as you will let me.

Dear daughter, I am sorry you are so much like me, but I couldn’t be prouder of what an amazing person you are, and what you will accomplish in this life.

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