“Your ideas on what you want in life will change over time and that can be liberating but also a bit scary. Over the years, I hope you grow to trust your sense of intuition. Be open to people changing your life; some people are the most beautiful surprises. When you feel your heart exploding in your chest, trust that it means something magnificent. Love is magnificent. Let in the magic.
Always remember the unique spark you bring to the world. I saw it the second you were born. No matter how stormy the days, that light never goes out. I hope you always feel brave enough to show how much you care and you’re never too proud to smile, to cry or to say ‘I’m sorry.’ I hope you laugh as freely as you do now through all of your days.
I wish you many moments that take your breath away. Like tonight, staring in wonder at the Full Moon together. I said to you, “Darling, isn’t it spectacular?” You asked me what spectacular meant. I said, “It means all kinds of wonderful.” You beamed at me and said, “Mummy… I love wonderful.”
You are a wonder.”
Noëlla Coursaris Musunka
“Remember to continue to always give back to those who have not had the same opportunities as you. For me, this meant giving back to the people of my first home: the Congo. Opening a school for young girls in a village very close to where I was born and also building wells to serve the whole community has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life and it has been such a joy to get to share this with you both – watching you become incredible young philanthropists who have such a passion for caring for others. I treasure the time I have spent with you in the Congo and at the school teaching you about your ancestry and sharing my home country with you. It makes me so proud to see how proud you are of your heritage. And because of the school we built, hundreds of young women, many of them the same age as you both are now, are able to receive the priceless gift of an education along with two healthy meals a day. Of course, it took a lot of special people to help me achieve this dream and my advice to you, is to surround yourself with people in your life who believe in your dreams, support you wholeheartedly and can help you fulfil your purpose.”