Today was a big day for you! First, you get recognized for your efforts in supporting Pencils of Promise when they make you PoP Star of the Week.
Then, you get to read your (awesome) poem, Nipula at the Highland Park Library. Did you know that 31 people came out to support you tonight? And that the room was only set up to hold about twice that number of people? It was standing room only because of you!
Elle, I’m very proud of you. Not many people have the courage to ask others to join a cause. Fewer still have the courage needed for public speaking. You have both, and you got recognized for both on the same day. Given how things have been going for you lately, I’m guessing this was quite a relief—and maybe a bit of an emotional roller coaster!
Enjoy the ride, kid. You’ve earned this part. And then sleep well, because tomorrow, a new adventure begins.
I can’t wait to see what that one brings.
I love you,
PS—It’s not your success, but the fact that you put yourself out there that I find so amazing. So don’t ever worry about falling short; I’ll write you letters even when you fail. (Remember when Mom & I took you out for dinner after you flunked ice skating?) You just keep being you and doing your best and don’t worry about what happens. You do that, and success will find you. I promise.
Jason Seiden is CEO of Ajax Workforce Marketing. Ajax amplifies brands by aligning employees' online messaging.