a letter to 16 year old aurora
just to give you a little perspective as to what life is like as i write this - you are 19 months and ten days old. you are sound asleep in your crib. we had quinoa, roasted tomatoes and grilled chicken with a chimichurri sauce for dinner and you smacked me in the face on our evening walk because i picked you up after you refused to hold my hand while crossing the street. boom. perspective.
life is full of choices. you can choose to positive or you can choose to be negative. you can choose how you are going to react to the things that happen it your life. these choices will shape you. you are 100% in control of your destiny. i wish someone had told me this. someone probably did i was just wasn't listening. also, karma is a real thing. you get what you give.
being 16 can be rough. later in life, you most likely will not refer to these as "the good ol' days." and you know what can be even harder than your teens? your twenties. you'll be released out into the wild to fend for yourself. we'll always be here for you, of course, but this is your time to figure out who you are and where your life will take you.
as you get older you'll make better decisions in the life and fashion departments, figure out what makes you happy and what does not and you will thrive.
you are strong, smart and capable. i know this because i am your mother and i know everything.
i love you,
p.s. please, please, please for the love of all that is holy, tell your raging hormones to take mercy on my soul.
p.p.s. your father and i made the decision shortly after you were born to never let you out of the house, let alone date until you are at least 30. so if we are. in fact. letting you out of the house with out parental supervision at this point - you should be thanking your lucky stars.