My young, full of hopes and dreams, Zully.

I love you so much and I am truly proud of the woman you’ve become. You’ve placed so much effort and hard work to be here.

Though you are still growing and evolving, the women you will become is grateful. Life will bring you many struggles but you are braver and a lot stronger than you think you are. Remember that nothing is ever too difficult and all you need is strong will. Your dreams are never out of reach and applying yourself will bring you closer to where you want to be. I know it seems like a long road, but it will pay off.

I urge you not to sell yourself short. Learn your worth now because it will help to shape a better woman later. Don’t worry so much about boys, be patient and he will find you. You are unique in so many ways and not many will understand you but do not conform to the norms.  Always stick to your gut instincts, it will never steer you wrong. You will come across as wide- eyed and naive and people will try to take advantage of that. Don’t mistake that as an imperfection. Your warm heart and good nature is a good trait so be proud because there are not many like you anymore.

Read more books, learn new things and do take care of yourself mentally. Be cautious about your health. Most importantly, I want you to always set goals and follow your dreams wholeheartedly. Do not allow anyone to scare you away from doing something you love. Select your friends more carefully. The people you share your life with now will not be there to witness the outcome. You are in for a long journey. Life will be hard, but you will pull through. You will cry, you will laugh, you will win some and you will lose some. Pray often, remain your genuine self and above all things, love yourself.

With so much love,

Older Z


P.S- I really loved this picture of my cousin Kathy & I.

P.S.S Karz 4 Life.