Dear Arizona – Month Six (Be Yourself )

Dear Arizona,

Hello my darling daughter! Time is going by so fast! I can not believe you are six months old already! This month we watched you bounce in your bouncer, you laugh ALL the time (you are the happiest baby ever!), and you started what resembled a crawl. You continue to amaze me beyond words. I never thought raising you would be so much fun.

I can’t help but show you this video. This is what I look forward to everyday with you. You already learn so fast and watching you laugh is about the greatest thing ever.

BE YOURSELF

So far up to this point, I have given you advice on how I feel you should live your life. Most of this is modeled after how your mother and I live ours. We have covered singing, kissing and hugging, laughing, exploring, and being kind so far. Most of these life lessons to you are all about being your true self.

We want you to march to your own beat, please don’t be afraid to be yourself because others don’t find that to be “their standard”. Wear the clothes you want to wear, listen to the music you want to listen to, and do the things you want to do. I want you to be a leader, not a follower. Be a trend setter (like your mom) and not a trend follower.

Don’t ever take crap from anyone that say’s you can’t “do” anything. Because I am telling you, you can do whatever you want in this life. While I will admit there are some things I would love for you to take up like your dear old dad, like riding motorcycles or wrestling, but if you find you have your own interests you want to pursue, then I will always be behind you 100%. Now if you feel you need pink hair or half a shaved head, then so be it…I may abject at times, but I want you to always be you.

You have the best personality, it is so vivacious and infectious, that people are going to want to be in your orbit, they are going to want to hang out with you. I can see it already.

BOYS

Boys are going to com into your life at some point. You will probably kiss a bunch of frogs before you find the prince you are looking for. I am sure I will also have my share of rejections for you (ha ha). But the one thing I really want you to remember is that you have to always be yourself and not change for anyone. I know it happens, it happened to me once, I totally stopped doing the things that made me, me. I became a version of myself that I didn’t like and I longed to do the things I had done my whole life. When you change for someone, it makes you resentful and bitter at some point. That is negativity you just do not need.

You mother is an odd duck. But I love that duck none the less. Because she is an oddball is why I love her so much. I don’t want her to be like every other person out there, I don’t want a follower of what I like either, we have the perfect mix and it also helps that we love most of all of the same things. You mother is one of a kind find and I am so lucky to have her in my life. Someday, I hope someone says the exact same thing about you.

Arizona, I love you. Be yourself.

Love Dad.

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