4 February 2016
My dearest baby brother,
Today you came home tired and weary from school, as you have started often to do. It's okay. It happens. There will be more days like this in the future. It's okay to be tired, so long as you dust yourself off and pick yourself up again.
You are 15 now. Your life is becoming more fast-paced. You are becoming more aware of the many troubles of the world we live in. Your responsibilities are piling up. Don't stay away from them. EMBRACE THEM. There is a reason for everything you are going through and there is nothing you cannot handle. Always remember, if it ever gets unbearable, we are here - your ates, mama, and papa - and yaya is watching over you as well.
In truth, you have no need for a palanca letter. You have enough self-awareness to know your strengths and your weaknesses. All you need is affirmation that you are going in the right direction - and you are!
You are far from perfect, but there is no harm in aiming for it. More than anything, strive to be happy, and be a light to others. We must not let our own darkness dampen our light. Keep your head in the clouds, keep your feet on the ground, and keep your heart open. Do not hesitate to love others as much as you are loved.
Forever and always,