Dear Little Me,
You’re 15 right now. I’m 20 years older. I’m writing this letter to you because this world is in shambles (don’t panic) and it has given me so much time to just think and reflect on life. So I thought I’d provide you with some advice that might help you to become #WORLDREADY.
(That’s not a spelling error. In 2020 we spell some words with something called a “hashtag”. I’m not sure that I can really explain why. There are some things you just need to wait to discover for yourself.)
I know you’re not going to pay much attention to what I’m writing. You don’t like receiving guidance from adults. You’re quite stubborn. This is a trait that’s going to stay with you, unfortunately.
But here goes…
Girl, believe in yourself! I know that at the moment you are full of doubts. You are struggling to work out who you are and what sort of a person you might want to be. It’s completely ok. Just allow life to guide you.
Do the best you can with what you can and don’t worry about what you can’t do. Choose what you love to do at any moment and try to do it to the very best of your ability. Don’t give up when things become challenging!Sticking to something is a virtue.
Have respect for other people. Try to keep to the Golden Rule – “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, and also a slight development of it, “do unto others as they would have you do unto them.”
Be fair and honest in all your dealings. Do the right thing. Even when others aren’t.
Enjoy the journey. Life is not a race. You are going to have the opportunity to experience some amazing things. And along with those you will also experience some life shattering hurt. But keep your focus on the man upstairs and I promise you that you’re going to come out glowing on the other side. Don’t be too impatient to move on to the next opportunity before you’ve truly made the most out of what you’re doing now.
Help other people as often as you can without depleting yourself.
Don’t make too many plans. Almost everything worthwhile you will go on to do in your life will happen by accident – and when you least expect it. Trust me girl.
Keep writing. You will truly master this ability. Don’t stress about relationships. (None of them!) If it works, it works, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.
Study hard. But do other things as well. What goes on in the classroom really is only half the story.
Travel. Remember the excitement of going to all of the amusement parks when you were growing up and everything you learned from the museums your mom took you to? Imagine what you might learn if you were able to travel all over the world.
When you go off to college, be prepared for your life to change. You may not end up being an obstetrician but you’ll do great things. Just saying.
Take risks. But calculate them.
Hug on your mom a little bit more each day. Laugh at her corny jokes and go everywhere you can with her as much as possible. Cherish these moments cause as you grow older, so will she.
When you have children, be patient with them. They are everything that you are. Spoiled and rebellious but they are amazing children. And last but not least, allow love to find you and know that it will land in your lap when you least expect it.
Final piece of advice: In January 2020, stock up on paper towels, hand sanitizer, Lysol, and toilet tissue. You’ll thank me later.
I love you girl!