May your locker open every time.
May your teachers laugh with you often, love you much, and teach you well.
May your crushes respond with a kindness that will keep your heart tender.
May your first kisses be mutually magical.
May you be good to others and disarm meanness with your kind heart and sharp wit.
May you keep knowing your true self and trusting your intuition.
May any pimples or inadvertent erections cause a bare minimum of embarrassment.
May you be mindful that, as overwhelming as your own changing body may be, the girls around you are dealing with periods and tampons, cramps and Advil, and breasts and bras. Be respectful and keep your eyes UP HERE.
May you recognize your friends--be they kid, animal, or adult--and know you are cherished for who you are now, and supported in who you want to become.
May you take care when you take risks.
May you continue to work hard, kindle your sparks, and remain open to mystery and not-knowing.
May you hold onto imagination and play, and hold off on screens and Snapchat.
May you return to The Source for quietude, peace, and inspiration.
May you know deep in your heart how ridiculously much we love you.
And as you walk your path, may you always, always bear in mind that-- every living thing in this extraordinary world: We Are All Connected And We Are All In This Together.
(reposted from a Facebook post Aug 22, 8:59am, because I always forget to post on my blog and then share on FB instead of the other way around.)
j.j. johnson, author