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Letter To My Teenage Self

I have been given an assignment to write a letter to your younger self. What would you tell yourself before your teenage years are over?

To My Teenage Self,

There are going to be a lot of ups and downs during your life. Nothing I could say to you (at any stage of your life) will change that. You are at the stage of your life when you wish you could already be an adult.

Let's be honest, there are a lot of benefits to being an adult, you will get a chance to do it all when you get older. You will look back and wish you had enjoyed the stress free life while you had it.

So go ahead and savor it now!

You are going to wonder if you should have made more friends than you did.

Stop Counting!

Good solid friendships that you do have now aren't ones that have no conflicts, they are the ones that know how to work through it. You will learn to work through conflicts when they arise.

Why do we think real life is any different? Nothing I can say to you now will spare you from learning this the hard way. Being friends with girls is a lot harder than being friends with guys. Just enjoy dating and hanging out with friends.

You will stress a lot about getting good grades in high school and college. I am going to tell you that it is worth every ounce of effort you put in because it will pay for your future.

So keep it up...You'll have to trust me on that one.

Take the opportunity to practice patience, forgiveness and flexibility. It will teach you a lot about who you are as a person through those experiences. In the end you'll be thankful for them. Words do have power!

You are going to realize the value of having good mentors in your life. Look for people who possess these Godly qualities and ask them to mentor you NOW, not years from now. Time does justify soul searching. I’m not ashamed to mention I am inspired by my mom.

Don't procrastinate on this. Actually, you should work on your procrastination problem too, while you are at it. Also love your own company if there is no one to enjoy it with. Live. Life. Better.

You are going to dwell on these things as you age - if you should wear more makeup, lose a few pounds or do something different with your hair. Remember to be creative. Don't be afraid to try new things!

Let me go back to the age thing and say that I do not worry about the ticking clock because I really like who I am and how I look as I grow older. Maybe the gray hair is still not wanted yet but we are a constant work in process.

You will live a very blessed life! Like I said before there will be plenty of ups and downs so don't forget to take time to stop and thank God for what you have now.

I hope you are ready!


Your Adult Self

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