Emily of Chatting at the Sky is celebrating the launch of her new book Graceful by inviting people to write a letter to their teenage selves. Great idea, right? I couldn’t resist. Learn more about writing your own letter here–if you do it, link to it in the comments!
I can already you see rolling your eyes at me the concept alone. It’s okay, you’ll get over it in a few years. But for now, just chill a second and read this. It’s short.
Read. Everything. Not just the stuff you think you’re supposed to like.
Try new things. Everything’s worth trying once. Sometimes if you don’t like it the first itme, it’s worth trying twice.
Write. Write a lot. Write often.
Stop worrying about finding your life’s dream. Life isn’t about finding out what you want to do, and doing that for the rest of your life. Life is flux. You will be many, many different things over your life. You’re going to love it.
Be kind to your car. That little Civic is going to serve you well, and when it’s gone you’ll miss it a lot more than you expect.
Speak up more. Stop worrying about saying something stupid or not fitting in.
Pay attention to the people around you. Talk to them more. Take notice of who really matters to you and make the effort to keep in touch with them. They can slip away in a blink.
It’s only been 11 years since I was you. Just barely over a decade. It’s incredible how fast it goes by, and how much you’ve crammed into this time. It’s kind of too bad I can’t really tell you all this. But of course, if I could, I don’t know that I would … these aren’t things you can learn by being told, you have to live the lessons.
-Me, age 27
Tell me … what would you say to your teenage self?