If I Could Speak to My Teenage Self

If I could somehow go back in time and speak to my teenage self, I would say things like this:

“You are NOT ugly. You are a pretty young fawn getting used to her new long legs and the beautiful white dots on your back.”

“You are smart. You are a good reader, and that is not a common thing. It’s common to you, because you were born to read. But know that it is special, and so are you.”

“You will not always feel awkward. You are already on your way to grace.”

“Boys will tell you anything to try things with you that you may not be ready for. Don’t be afraid to say no. Loudly!”

“You are a writer, and a good one. Keep writing!”

“Believe it or not, your parents know what they’re doing. They have and are dedicating their lives to teaching you how to become a good adult.”

“Remember that one day you will be on your own, so pay attention right now.”

“If you feel something in your heart, believe in it. Your heart will not lie to you.”

“The years go by faster than you can believe. Enjoy all your moments.”

“Realize right now that popularity is a fleeting thing; it is not real (no matter how real it feels to you right now).”

“Be as kind as you can, as generous as you can, and as smart as you can.”

“Know that you are a wonderful work in progress. You will know when you’re ‘done.'”

“Keep your eyes open and be aware.”

“Choose your friends wisely. They will be with you for a long time.”

“Don’t worry–you’re going to be just fine.”

“This, too, shall pass.”

“Listen closely to your grandparents, aunts and uncles. You will not have them forever in your life, so enjoy the time with them now.”

“Make memories that will make you smile when you’re older.”

“Understand that everyone feels afraid, unsure and worried–not just you.”

“Treat your beautiful body well. You wouldn’t believe how soon bits and pieces are going to wear out!”

“Do what you love. Do it well.”



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