Dear Me – A Letter to My Fifteen Year Old Insecure Self

So I came upon this post courtesy of the talented Jeff Goins.  Listen to me, I “came upon.”  The truth is I follow his amazing blog and even bought his book “Wrecked.”  Check it out.  You can thank me later.

The gist is this:  Write a letter to your fifteen year old self.  Simple!  What would you say to yourself?  What would you tell you to value?  What would you tell you to not get in such a tizzy about?

After you write your letter, link back here to the Friday, September 14, 2012 post.

Annnnd, one more thing before we get started… Check out Emily Freeman’s book Graceful (for young women).  I plan on it!

Dear Me:

Hey.  I know you’re sad and you feel misunderstood and you’re lonely. I get it.  But I have to tell you that you looked for love in all the wrong places.  Turns out, you may have been an ugly duckling (all skinny and gangly) but you filled out quit nicely.  You always had a problem with anger, but it suited you well and really calmed down after 30.

Oh, and by the way, you’re an alcoholic.  Yeah, it turns out, after a serious run in the dirt, it is a blessing in disguise.

So here are my tips to you, lassy:

1. Boys are not everything.

2. Follow your dreams, no matter what your dad says!

3. Stop frowning!  Gram is right, your face really does stay that way.

4. Please stop cutting yourself. The emotional scars heal, but those scars on your wrist will be there for life.

5. You have great thoughts, don’t be afraid to voice your opinion.

6. No one is watching you.  Okay, maybe one or two people here and there.  But not everyone all the time.  Get over it and be silly!

7. I know you like to think you know everything.  You don’t.

8. You should listen to the adults in your life more.  They’ve been there and are so not blowing smoke up your arse.

9. Stop being such a people pleaser!

10.  You have an amazing smile!  Smile more. Frown less.

With much love and admiration,

The still crazy head banging chick you grew to love.

Comments

  1. I’ve been wanting to do this, but I always feel like I’m the last person on earth to do these cool things. So I do them in journals rather than
    Its them.

    Yours came out raw and real.

    Good job, Darlene!

  2. Awesome. Love your letter! This is on my to-blog list.

  3. carsoncanada says:

    I always loved the movie Benjamin Buttons. I feel we live this thing called life backwards. It really doesn’t make much sense the way we do it. But here we are! Neat letter, Darlene.

  4. If only we could go back and tell our youngselves to chill out a bit more. Nice letter, Darlene.

  5. What a great letter! Good job hitting all the topics you thought were important at 15. Of course, being the selfish human being I am, I’m already composing my letter in my head. Hope it makes it into pixel form.

  6. I like your list very much, and I am glad you are still a crazy head-banging chick. I’ll write one of these myself. :)

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