Note: the following are notes to my younger self as part of the Compassion Blog Month. Bloggers all over the internet are uniting this month using our platforms to speak out for children around the world without the opportunity to speak for themselves. Consider sponsoring a child and give him/her the opportunity to speak for himself/herself.
Hey, Nut, I know there are a million things you want to know. Like who you marry, how many kids you have (and their names), and if you and your sisters ever get along.
If I told you some of the people you get to call “friend,” you would be so lost you’d stop listening because you’d thinking I’m making things up. Instead, here are a few things you need to hear:
- You won’t gain weight in third grade. Or at puberty. Or freshman year. Or when you turn 20. Or when you eat too much processed food. Keep your fingers crossed for “pregnant.” Otherwise there’s always 40. Get used to being blown in a heavy gust of wind. And invest in a belt or seven because pants never fit right.
- Friendships are really only for a season so get the most out of them while you have them and relax when you don’t. Be willing to let go as life changes.
- Keep writing. You’ll get paid to do that someday. But more than that, teach your inner editor to shut up. That monologue’s been too loud, too long, and too rude. Cut the darling.
- Oh, and you’re not going to want that later. Throw it away. You’ll never be glad you saved it. Except Dad’s yellow and white polo shirt. Save that one.
What would you tell your younger self?
What are you looking for?