Dear Baby Girl,
I want you to know that it’s okay to have your own opinions and, more specifically, for those opinions to not necessarily agree with that of the people around you.
A very smart person your Grandaddy and I both admire once said that if two people agree on everything, one of them isn’t necessary. Everyone views things, information and situations through “glasses” which are colored by their own experiences. Meaning, that everyone in the world can see the exact same thing and each person will have a different take on exactly what happened, what it means and how it affects them, the world, or anything else. No two people will ever see anything exactly the same.
Don’t be afraid to believe in something, even if what you believe is simply that there isn’t anything out there to be believed in.
Never be ashamed of your beliefs. That’s the wonderful thing about opinions. Two people can have completely different ideas and opinions about things and, amazingly, neither person will be “wrong”.
It’s okay, and sometimes good, to be different. Don’t ever let anyone tell you your opinion is wrong. That is why they are opinions, not facts. But, on the same vein, let other people have their opinions. Just because they don’t think like you doesn’t make them “wrong” either.
Stick to your opinions and beliefs. Stand by them. Stand strong.
If there’s one thing your Grandaddy ever taught me, it’s that.