Letter To Myself (as a Teenager)
Dear teenage me,
Please take some time to hang out with your friends and do teenage activities as soon as possible.
Responsibility is a good trait to have. It will serve you well for a long time, but you deserve this time to be a teenager-not an adult biding time until graduation.
Stand up for what you believe in. It takes you a long time to start doing this. When you do, you find out that a lot of people “knew” you would make a difference because of your strong opinions and never-back-down attitude.
The day you sat by appalled as another teenager’s Bible was destroyed and they were mocked in front of an entire classroom, yeah, you will wish for the rest of your life that you had stood up that day. Your own children will make those kind of stands on a daily basis in both middle and high school. Start now, yourself.
Be yourself. Whether you know who that is or not.
Explore topics and subjects that interest you. Even if it means walking into a room, a school, or a place of employment full of people you are sure will hate you. Especially then, actually.
Hold your head high and stride with a purpose. People will notice and be drawn to your self-confidence.
Ask for help. People like to be needed. It doesn’t show your weaknesses; it sets you up to be a leader.
Learn to set boundaries and say no. This will become one of your biggest downfalls as an adult. Saying yes to every good opportunity that comes your way means that you can’t give any opportunity the best of you.
Seek out those who need a friend and be their friend. Stop waiting for someone to want to be your best friend. A day will come when you will desperately want someone to shop with, get coffee with, and just sit around and talk to. Invest deeply in those friendships now, so you’ll have deep friendships later.
Stop wondering why you don’t have a boyfriend. You don’t because it’s not time yet. God has a great plan, and you don’t want to ruin it by chasing down bad ones!
You are not a victim. You are a survivor, an overcomer, a girl who will walk through many a fire and come out stronger, more refined every single time.
The very harshest parts of you become the biggest heart of you. And you will see the way you protect others, the way you love others, the way you encourage others, the way you are motivated to inspire positive change in others springs out of the darkest parts of your memory. You don’t have to enjoy those times, but know that through your experiences others will be blessed and find encouragement.
Perhaps, if you’ve taken nothing else from this, I can assuage your fear of an extremely early death. You will not die before you’re thirty or twenty-five or whatever your current number is. You will live that long plus some.
Take time to enjoy it.
1. Saturday mornings
9. Your favorite grade
10. Your Go-To Story
12. Letter to yourself as a teenager
16. Your Room
17. One time you weren’t cool
20. What you want to remember
23. Favorite Bible verse
24. Your bravest moment
26. Your favorite color
27. The breathings of your heart
29. The book inside you
30. Your worst fear