Day 315: lovemore monday :: an open letter to the young woman in starbucks

12 Nov

As you know, I entered this year determined to be fearless. But, I don’t want more fear or less in my life.  I want more love.  So I made up a new word, lovemore!   That’s why Lovemore Mondays are here.

Today’s Lovemore Monday is a letter.

In fact, this is an open letter to the young woman sitting next to me at Starbucks tonight.

Dear beautiful, young woman:

I want you to know this:
You are more than the captain of your soccer team,
student government leader,
academic all star…

“Do you want to be a big fish in small pond or a small fish in a big pond?”

I cringed when the man interviewing you for college asked you this question — and so many other questions that just don’t seem to matter in life.

“How will you differentiate yourself?”


I wanted to grab a hard-backed Starbucks chair, run over to your table and plop down right next to you.

To his silly, antiquated questions, I wanted to sing:

What do you totally, absolutely love?
What do you love to do in your spare time?
What flips you out?
What makes you cringe?
What humongous, crazy, totally outlandish, big, fat, wild dream do you have for yourself?

What makes you, YOU?
What will you never, ever, give up because you love it so much?
What makes you want to dance? sing? run? laugh until your sides hurt?

No matter where you go to college, no matter what school or club you go to, get kicked out of or never fit into…

You have YOU.
And that, my dear, is the most precious gift of all.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Oh, yeah… and one more thing:

No matter what college accepts you — follow your heart.

All my best wishes for a fantastic life,

From The Stranger Who Believes In You

P.S. You can do anything.

4 Responses to “Day 315: lovemore monday :: an open letter to the young woman in starbucks”

  1. Diane Neal Emmons November 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM #

    I just forwarded this to Olivia – and I’m thinking about the book you encouraged me to write. YAG! (That means You Are Great)!
    How did I miss that interview question?

    • Jamie November 13, 2012 at 7:11 AM #

      LOL! Love it! Olivia could come up with lots of 4-letter words for this too I’m sure! Like LOVE.

  2. passionistaatlarge November 13, 2012 at 4:43 AM #

    Oh My GOSH I LOVE this!! Yes, yes, and yes! “How will you differentiate yourself?” Seriously? Well, how about this? By believing in the absolutely stunning and unique person that I am. By standing up for who I am, what I believe in, and the dreams that have sung in my heart throughout my growing years!!
    When, oh when will educators realize we just have it ALL wrong? (from a retired elementary school teacher–and basically why I quit!) Love your words, girlfriend!

    • Jamie November 13, 2012 at 7:13 AM #

      And that’s why you are a PASSIONISTA! I love that name so much! Here’s to hearts singing!

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