An Open Letter To My Younger Self

An Open Letter To My Younger Self

I've done my best, I hope I became everything you wished you would be.

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Dear Younger Me,

You're going to hit hard obstacles in life, but you are going to make it. You will have so many things come into your life, just as well as leave your life. You will gain friends, and lose them. You will have heartbreaks. You will struggle with school, your parents, and your mental health. All of these things, though, will only make you into the person you are today. They made you stronger, and a better person.

They made you a better friend, girlfriend, sister, and daughter. There are going to be things you wish you didn't waste your time on or could take back, but it's better that you can't take them back. You may lose yourself sometimes while growing up and finding out who you really are, but you will always find your way back. There will be times that you feel like you're living Murphy's Law ("everything that can go wrong will go wrong"), but I promise that you will get back to the surface and get your grip again.

I have to tell you that you should take more risks, live while you're young, and take advantage of all of the opportunities in front of you. Spend as much time with your friends and family as possible, because you never know when you could lose them. Never fall short on saying "I love you", "I'm sorry", and "thank you." Don't let something that won't matter in five years change your whole mood, because I can tell you it's not worth it.

Take the time to go do as many fun things as you possibly can, especially when you're invited to do it. You will feel so much better than you joined in than missing out by sitting at home. You will get so much more experience out of life that way. You are also going to change your mind so many times about what you want to do with your life, and that's okay. You will figure it out, trust me. You will find your lifelong friends, your dream career, and achieve everything you set your mind to.

Lastly, I just want to tell you to be patient. Everything works itself out in the end. No matter what you are going through, you are so strong, and you are going to come out a different but better person because of it. You have to live and learn, it's the only way you will know how to do better next time. You will have relationships and friendships that end, and it will completely break your heart, but they all teach you a lesson. You find out what you do and don't want in other relationships and friendships. You'll figure it out.

You are going to be great.

Sincerely,

Future You

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To High School Seniors In Their Last Semester

Senior year moves pretty fast, if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

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Dammit, you made it. The final semester of your senior year. You're at the top of the food chain of high school, and it feels so good. You're probably praying this last semester flies by, that you get out of town as soon as possible.

At this point, you're calling teachers by their first names, the entire staff knows you by name, and you're walking around school standing tall, owning those hallways. You're convinced you're ready to leave and move on to the next chapter in your life.

You've already experienced your last football game, standing in the cold in the front row of the student section all season long, decked out in your school colors and cheering loud and proud. That is, until they lost, and you realized you will never have that experience again. Never again.

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You already had your last winter break. Preparing and celebrating the holidays with your family, ice skating and sledding with your best friends. Those quiet nights alone in your room watching Netflix, taking for granted your loved ones just a few rooms away. Never again.

If you're an athlete, you may have already played in your last game or ran your last race. The crowd cheering, proudly wearing your school's name across your chest, giving it your all. For some, it may be the end of your athletic career. Before you knew it, you were standing in an empty gym, staring up at the banners and thinking about the mark you left on your school, wondering where on earth the time went. Never again.

I'm telling you right now, you're going to miss it all. Everything you've ever known. Those early mornings when you debate going to first hour because you really need those McDonald's hash browns. The late nights driving home from practice, stopping for ice cream of course, ready for a late night of homework. Getting food on a whim with your friends. Endless fights with your siblings. Your favorite chips in the pantry. A fridge full of food. Coming home to and getting tackled by your dog. Driving around your hometown, passing the same sights you've seen every day for as long as you can remember. Hugs from your mom after a long day. Laughs with your dad. And that best friend of yours? You're going to miss them more than anything. I'm telling you right now, nothing will ever be the same. Never again.

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Before you start packing your bags, slow down, take a deep breath, and look around. You've got it pretty good here. The end of your senior year can be the time of your life, it's truly amazing. So go to the winter dance, go to Prom, spend Senior Skip Day with your classmates, go to every sporting event you can, while you still can. College is pretty great, but it's the little things you're gonna miss the most. Don't take it for granted because soon, you'll be standing in a packed gym in your cap and gown, wondering where the heck the time went. You've got a long, beautiful life ahead of you, full of joy but also full of challenges. You're going to meet so many wonderful people, people who will treat you right and people who won't.

So, take it all in. Be excited for the future and look forward to it, but be mindful of the present. You've got this.
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