My daughter, Adrina Rose, turns five today. She is the most phenomenal little creature that I have ever encountered. I see so much of myself in her; the good, the bad, and I want so much for her life. I wish for her happiness, on this, her birthday. I wish that she never forgets to laugh about the things she can’t control, to laugh about the mistakes she will inevitably make, to laugh about the troubles she will encounter, and to cry when her heart is heavy.
I wish this above all else: I want my little girl to know herself and to know what she wants. True happiness can never be achieved without direction and desire, and those desires are useless if they are misplaced.