Dear Shelby,

You’re likely reading this with anticipation – excited to take in all that grown-up-you has to offer. Perhaps you’re hoping for a tidbit, a kernel of wisdom or some insightful hindsight that will save you from heartache,  frustration or stress. But I am not going to tell you. It’s not that I don’t love you (because I do! A lot! You’re a keeper!) but because the journey in which you will discover those insights are what will shape you and make you Shelby. There will be many, many times that you’ll wish “why didn’t anyone tell me that?!” I could tell you now but trust me, it’ll be better when you discover it on your own. You wouldn’t have believed me anyway.