Dear Mlle Mitchell,
You have been on my heart over the last few days, and it is with both love and concern that I write to you. It has been twenty years since I stood in your shoes. Shoes that may often seem difficult to walk in even though you know they are shoes that many would die to have. They are wonderful shoes. Shoes that have been broken in with love and support both from family and friends. You are truly blessed. But this is something we both know.
What you don’t know however is where those shoes will take you, and that makes them uncomfortable for you. Sometimes you feel like you need to take them off, put on a different pair, a different color, or possibly a higher heel. But the truth is those shoes you have on right now are the exact pair that you need. They may wear in overtime and you will have to put on a new one. And those new ones are going to take some time to break in. But I don’t want you to be afraid of that because it is a natural process that cannot be planned.
Look at where you are standing now. Sometimes you feel like you are standing alone, but you are not. There are so many others standing there with you, behind you, and in front of you. Even when you do not see them, lean on them.
You keep thinking about the journey in front of you so much that you are forgetting to cherish this moment. Right now is always the time for you to love your best, give your best and be your best, even if the road it will take you on is unclear. The burden of the future is one you place on yourself. It has already been spoken, so do not worry about how you get there. The shoes you have been given will take you exactly where you are meant to be.
I want you to remember at all times that you will be okay. Life is a wondrous journey. Find joy in all of its experiences, face challenges head on, and always find a way to be true to yourself. There is only one you, and there is a reason for that.
Mademoiselle Mitchell (November 3, 2029)