What I Wish Someone Told Me

Dear 12-Year-Old Self:

Hey there! I’m you…from 10 years into the future. I know you’re going through a tough time right now, trying to be perfect and live up to the high expectations that you and your parents set for you. I’m here to tell you that IT’S OK. It’s ok to not be perfect. It’s ok to make mistakes because they will shape who you become.

You’re going to spend a lot of years wondering what you want to be when you “grow up.” You’ll want to be a teacher, a photographer, a fashion designer, and a writer. Ten years from now, the only one you’ll still want to be is a writer. But you’re going to major in Business Administration in college, because it’s more practical. A few months before you graduate, you’ll wish you chose what you actually loved, but it’s ok because choosing the wrong major only reaffirmed your love for writing.

If you’re ever stressed, angry, or sad, WRITE! Write about anything, even if it’s just ranting to your notebook. TRUST ME. It will instantly improve your mood 100% of the time.

You’re not going to be popular, because you will never be as outgoing as those other girls. But your preference for quality over quantity will pay off, because those true friends will still be by your side ten years later 🙂

You’ll stop being a straight A student…DON’T PANIC! Your GPA does not define you, and in the long-run, you’ll be less stressed and happier. And that’s all that matters–that you’re happy and love the way you are.

Love,

You from the future

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