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Dear Louise, my younger self,

Here is May 2013 opening its door, clear blue sky,  a gentle breeze is passing by… and it’s  by the sea that I have chosen to send you these lines. I know what the sea means to you. High and low tides have been coming and going for ages and will carry on  through years and years… It’s just like in life, ups and downs… No choice, you will have to face them. Take advantage of the ups to fill yourself with hope and strength,  this will help you facing the downs, even if some of them are tough. Remember, it was September,  this new star shining in the sky, this is yours only yours. He was strong and had always a positive way to see the “roll out” of events… Live as he would have loved to see you living…

Don’t forget others, listen and hear them… Be always ready for your friends and family… Be faithful… righteousness is a “master card”, use it… Be strong, you are the driver of your life … Love others… Love yourself… Be kind to yourself… Think of yourself, knowing you, this is the hardest task to put into practice, a few drops of selfishness is sometimes  useful… Smile even if you don’t feel like it… I know it’s not easy, life is very demanding… Never forget those who have travelled to this one way ticket land… if you are what you are be thankful to them…

Carry on photographing, look and see around you… Be creative… Listen to your favourite music and read when you feel like it… Travel, travel as soon as you have the opportunity… Enjoy your treats : chocolate, sea food, vanilla ice cream and a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa or Sonoma…

On your road you will, for sure, encounter some slyness, disappointment, don’t pay too much attention to these steps of life, use your strength to pass through them but be careful even so. The outcome will be positive, you will get stronger. It will be your triumph through adversity …

There’s a four letter word which is the base of life : LOVE, love dear Louise… love!

It’s possible that I have forgotten other points worth mentioning but whatever your life is, Louise, be yourself …

Don’t forget, I will always be there for you no matter how, where and why …

Talk to you soon, dear younger self,

XO

Home in Brittany,  May 2nd,  2013

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