Dear 11 year old self,
I wish I could come back in time and hand you this letter so it could save us both a lot of tears and heartache. Since I obviously can’t, I’m hoping that in some parallel universe, you are actually able to read this and it benefits the both of us.
First things first, you’re probably very confused about who this is. I am you, you from the future. I’m not here to tell you that your life is going to turn into shit or that you’ll be miserable, because that’s not the truth. I’m only here to tell you that life is not easy, but it is what it is. I know I sound very generic with the “life is not easy” but that’s a truth you should know and keep in mind always.
Something you really need to remember is that people come and go. It doesn’t make them terrible humans; it just makes them human. Bonds will be formed, bonds will be broken. Some bonds surpass it all and last for a very long time. You’re probably quite puzzled by what I’m saying, but as time passes, it’ll make sense to you.
I want you to always remember that external beauty and good looks can always be manipulated and tweaked to suit society’s eyes. Being a kind and genuine person should always be your priority, the rest just comes along. Be kind, be genuine, but don’t let people walk over you. You are a strong minded person, and you have guts way beyond your age. Trust me, when I write this and look back at you, I am so proud of you. You may just be a tiny 5 foot child, but mentally you’re a strong, hardworking individual and absolutely nothing, no one has the power to ever take that away from you.
As I said previously, you will face issues and you will struggle. Having lived through all those struggles, I can tell you that it’s not easy, it will drain your will to live, but you’re going to heal and come back stronger than ever before. I want you to remember that you are responsible for your own mental health. There will, of course, be external factors and people responsible for wrecking it, but they aren’t going to wait around or care enough to fix it. It is your responsibility to stay healthy. You are your own first priority, do not change that about yourself.
Sad and scary stuff apart, I’m also here to remind you – don’t grow up too soon. I promise you, there’s a bucket load of exciting things waiting to happen to you. I know you and I know you’re in a rush to grow up, but cling onto your innocence for as long as you can. Trust me, it helps later on in life.
I hope you take this letter seriously. Please remember that I love you and I only want what’s best for you, and I can say this guilt free since I am you. Take care of yourself, be a good and kind person.
Your 17 year-old self