I work in retail and at times I want to cry because of how customers treat me. One night I was straightening frames and I found an envelope. It amazed me that just five minutes beforehand I was being chastised by someone for not having something we carried five years ago; they made me feel worthless. I read this and felt like a real person again. The second one (the smaller) came to me and served as a simple reminder that a smile can make a huge difference, an doesn’t hurt to do once in a while. To the friends who wrote these: you have no idea how much this means to a nobody like me. Thank you for treating me like a person. Courtney Scheingraber
There are two things that you must always remember as long as you live, and you must pass them on. You have two main purposes in life. The first is that you were put here because you have a potential to make great changes. You have a powerful ability to leave this world much, much better than you found it. And that’s a responsibility. Whatever you believe, however you believe you got here, whatever higher power you think put you here, intended for you to do good, first and foremost. Service, kindness, and love is what you give to the world in return for your magnificent life.
The second thing you must always know is that you deserve to enjoy yourself while you’re here. You are perfect in your imperfections. You were made to tackle this life, to run into it full speed, to jump and splash and giggle as much as you possibly can. We’re all only here for a little while.
“We’re all only given a little spark of madness. We mustn’t lose it.” You are perfect. It’s okay- natural, expected and celebrated, even- to change. But never ever give up on yourself. Never lose the spark that keeps you alive. At some point soon, if you haven’t already, you’ll come across something that makes you shiver with joy. It will awaken your very human nature and excite you so that your heart forgets to beat. My girl, clutch that and grip that and never ever let go. When you feel like the whole world is kicking you right into the gutter, be your own hero. Listen to the little flutter in your heart- there will be one. You’ll be down for a while, and part of loving yourself is understanding and giving yourself time to heal. But then, you must, must, must pick yourself back up. It’s ok to ask for help, but have the courage to keep going.
Get lost but do not lose the core of your being.
The world needs you, baby doll.
I love you more than you can ever know. That’s a third thing you should always remember.
Julia Tager, 10/2013
Julia Tager as here.
You are one tough kid! We heard you have been going through a lot and thought you could not only use some encouragement, but maybe a cool new backpack too! Don’t be fooled, this is not just any old backpack, this is a GiveBackPack.
When you wear this bag you are joining with a bunch of other kids and adults who are also wearing our bags around the world. It’s called the STATE family and we are starting a movement. We believe in six STATE values: Knowledge, Health, Conservation, Acceptance, Leadership and Courage.
On your bag we have snapped on the badge of Courage, because you have earned it! We hope you will rock this bag proudly and try to live by these values. Stay in touch on our website (www.statebags.com) and tell us some stories about how you are living by our other STATE Values so we can send you more fun snaps for your new backpack!
Stay strong little man!
The STATE Bags Team
We were touched by the words of your friend about who you are and the impact you are making on your friends, family, and the world around you and so we wanted you to receive your letters in one of our bags. This isn’t just any backpack, it is a GiveBackPack and we have added two special badges to it just for you!
First is the badge of Knowledge, because we hear you love studying, especially foreign languages. That is awesome! Keep it up!
Second, is the badge of Acceptance, because you have become known as someone who shows love and support to the people around you. Never lose that. It is one of the greatest gifts you can give to others and yourself.
We hope you will rock this bag proudly and continue to live by, what we call, our STATE Values. We would love for you to stay in touch and earn more badges for your bag. Visit our website www.statebags.com to find out more.
The STATE Bags Team
Words cannot express how much you mean to me. Because you saved my life. You love me, even when no one else does. I love the way that you smell like your house, because your basement is like home. I love our conversations, and your laugh. It makes me smile silly. I love the way you never gave up on me. I love your confidence and your hair-smile. I love that red shirt and how you look like Prince Harry. I love the way you kiss my forehead and the way you squint your eyes when you think. I love how you challenge me to think harder. I love the way you play piano, and sing out of tune. I love our park and our puzzle and our Jenga and our little jokes. And I love you. Because you are so brilliant and wonderful. You make this world a complex, beautiful place to live. You are not a quitter. You make me happy. Please know that you mean the world to so many people, and that I appreciate all the little things that you do. Continue to be radiant and dream. I believe in you.
Claudia Nielsen was here.
“We were together. I forget the rest.”
I am writing this letter for the sake of knowing I have made our weekend more than something we keep in our memories. People nowadays skip right over an extremely important step when it comes to relationships. They skip over FRIENDSHIP. Being friends before getting into a relationship can only help. Us? We’re in that stage. Our weekend was spent laughing and smiling and getting to know each other. And the absolute BEST part of our weekend? It wasn’t hiking the beautiful waterfalls that Pennsylvania has to offer and it wasn’t bowling until we were kicked out. The most wonderful part was just sitting on the couch, talking about life and everything in it. We sat there for hours upon hours just enjoying each other’s company. Out of all my almost 18 years of life, I have never, ever felt more peace than in that moment. Right then and there, on an old couch, with the rain pouring outside, you were exactly what I needed, you were my BEST FRIEND. I spend time every night saying all these different prayers, but in the end, I pray that you end up with someone who, everyday, makes you feel as special as you made me feel that day.
I hope Michigan realizes how lucky they are to have you. Visit me soon. I’ll be waiting for you here in Pennsylvania.
Cathy Monica was here.
Found this envolope in the bus, Breakfast Tea and A letter inside and it says ” Stop spending so much time wondering why you are not good! Strop spending so much time over analyzing, over-thinking and over reactiong. Stop wasting yourself down. Stop putting your head down and closing your heart because you’ll miss your chance to see that the sun is shining and the morrow is another day. You are Beautiful, and you are always Good Enough, Don’t forget that.” It brightern up my day, amd i have to say this Everyone shouldn’t be put down. Everyone is equal ,special and beautiful in their own ways, Every single one should be loved. And stop wasting time thinking you’re not good enough.. Nobody is perfect. All you need is confidence, have confidence in yourself. I would like to thank the stranger who sent out these kind of letter #moreloveletters