In two short months, you will enter a world four-and-a-half billion years older than you. It will be cold and bright and loud, and it will greet you with indifference.
You will share this world with over seven billion people. Those people can be cold and bright and loud, and many will also greet you with indifference.
Try not to take it personally. The world has no motive. It is thoughtless and unknowable. It will push you in directions without reason. It will deploy circumstances that are at times illogical. It’s at once astonishingly beautiful and unapologetically cruel. Both remarkably simple and incomprehensibly complex.
Navigate this world with modesty. Be kind. Work hard. Help. Give. Be forever a student. Find comfort and liberation in the world’s indifference. See each person as you see yourself. Realize we’re all just making our way as best we can.
I know this may seem harsh. But within this world I describe is another world. A much smaller world that you’ll spend the majority of your life. A world that’s warm and loving and kind. A world that will nurture and protect you as you grow.
In this world, you’ll always have a home. You’ll always encounter honesty and trust and guidance. Consolation when you’re down. Encouragement when you dream. This world will always and forever love you unconditionally.
This world is us. Your family.
We’ll be there when you enter this cold and bright and loud world. We will wrap you in our arms so that you are warm. We will sing to you so that you can sleep. We will shelter you so that you feel safe. We will always and forever love you unconditionally.
One day you’ll leave this small world to enter that much larger one again. This time you’ll be grown, and if we do our job, you’ll be prepared for the realities of it. You’ll draw your own conclusions, make your own decisions, and traverse it the best you can. However far or near you end up, remember our little world will always exist for you. The little world that cherishes and supports you. That will encourage and stand with you. The little world that will always and forever love you unconditionally.
I can’t wait to meet you, little one. See you soon.