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Dear Little Lili,

Never try to cut your own hair. God or genetics or the fates (whatever we'll eventually prefer) blessed us with many skills, but coordination is not one of them. For this reason avoid any sport that requires contact with others. You'll save a few broken bones.

Read everything. Books will be better friends to you than most people, but that is because they are humanity distilled - all of the beauty and none of the beast. Love them accordingly.

Touch the barbs of velvet-petal roses before you inhale their perfume. Get used to the way blood wells, then rolls across the ridges in your skin. Emotions are not so different. You cannot cross through this life without a few scars, but you can prepare yourself for the pain.

Love the people you meet. This will be so easy for you now, while you are young and see the world so clearly. With time, grime will slowly creep into your vision - a cancer of the heart and soul that medicine has yet to diagnose.

Hold on to the words from the woman who wished you happiness on your tenth birthday. Fold them into the curves you're discovering in your own body and touch a finger to them for memory when the cancer threatens to absorb your joy.

Smile often. Cry often. Laugh at yourself at least once a day. Remember that only you are able to make yourself happy.

When you meet him, don't hold back. Throw yourself into his kiss as though it were the last meeting of lips the Earth would ever see. Revel in his voice making melodies in your ear. Hold on until it is time to let go.

You'll find a new, better grip.

You were born for greatness of the miniature variety. You will never walk the moon or name a species. You'll be remembered only as long as there is someone alive who loves you. You will not be the best or brightest at anything except being you. But that is no small task, and you will not be without challenges in life.

Embrace them. Let them define you. And when you overcome them, don't linger over the victory, feeding your ego. Instead, look to the next hurdle. Keep moving. Reach ever upward.

This is the greatness you were meant for: to never be satisfied, to never give up, to always be inspired.

With love,
Bigger Lili
An oldie that was also awarded a DD by the lovely `LadyLincoln way back when.

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Arhar Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
This is very inspiring! Beautiful! :clap:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :)
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Arhar Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
A pleasure!
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cskadoz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013   General Artist
:clap: wonderful voice tone flow :hug: word-smith i name ye!
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allsparra Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
That's lovely! Absolutely beautiful, very powerful.
You're a magnificent writer.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you very much! :D
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alexiscaitlinking Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:) This is a beautiful piece... Truly.
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When you meet him, don't hold back. Throw yourself into his kiss as though it were the last meeting of lips the Earth would ever see. Revel in his voice making melodies in your ear. Hold on until it is time to let go.

This is so often taken for granted. Love is.... well, I can't even tell you. I'm glad you know how to let go.

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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. :) I'm glad you know letting go is important. Too many people have this fantasy in their heads that love lasts forever. That's just not always the case, and it isn't a horrible thing when it ends. It just happens.
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alexiscaitlinking Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, it does. Really, it's inevitable. Difficult in some cases, but inevitable.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:nod:
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Solarune Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011   Writer
You were born for greatness of the miniature variety. You will never walk the moon or name a species. You'll be remembered only as long as there is someone alive who loves you. You will not be the best or brightest at anything except being you. But that is no small task, and you will not be without challenges in life.
Wonderful. Just wonderful. :heart:
I read this ages ago and clearly never commented, and now I can think of very little to say. The mixture of honesty and beauty you bring across here is perfect, and – as I think I remember someone saying on your other account – it's somehow individual and universal at the same time. It's so personal, yet I think everyone can relate to it.
Thank you for sharing this :)
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :heart: I'm glad people still connect to this piece. Sometimes it feels like a stranger wrote it, other times it is as true as the moment my fingers were typing it.
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Solarune Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011   Writer
That's interesting. :) You're welcome. :heart:
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fallenidle Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm with *kittykittyhunter, "all of the beauty and none of the beast" was an amazing line.

Overall though, this was sweet and loving and hopeful sunshine, I really enjoyed it.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :)
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kittykittyhunter Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011   Writer
all of the beauty and none of the beast

I LOVE this phrase! :faint: It's so witty and conveys so much meaning. :love:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks very much! :D
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whimsy657 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student General Artist
i missed this. it was beautiful. i definitely have to fave that a second time. :clap:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :heart:
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whimsy657 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
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julietcaesar Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I missed this- still have some lines from this scribbled on one of my folders. Glad it's back. :heart:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
You were born for greatness of the miniature variety

What a loveley paradox! The truism is a powerful tool for sharing deep experience.
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :)
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AlecBell Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
My pleasure!
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wyldhoney Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Touching and beautiful, this is truly an inspiring piece! :star:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :)
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LadyLincoln Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:heart:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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brassteeth Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Good to see this little masterpiece back!!
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you! :heart:
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Mahi-Fish Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
Dear Bigger Lilli,

I am here to inform you that this letter was successfully delivered to Little Lilli though she likely will not remember it as time goes by. I am also please to fulfill my duties as Fish Master General and report that the lessons and values you wished to instill were indeed imparted. She has grown into a lovely and wonderful woman despite several obstacles which were placed in her way.

At your service,
Mahi Fish, Fish Master General
~~Neither stream nor river nor wet nor gloom of sea stays these ray-finned couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.~~
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Dear Fish Master General,

I thank you for your prompt and loyal service. It is a great relief to know my letter was delivered safely and in a timely fashion. Keep up the great work, and remember to play dead if a shark swims too near. We will have need of you in future missions to the past.

Keep swimming, my atypically graceful friend.

:heart: Lili
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bowie-loon123 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Student Writer
This is as amazing as I remember it being :nod:
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LiliWrites Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you :heart:
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