Dear Younger Me,

girl on a suitcaseI know you think you’re stuck. You’re afraid that you’ll never get to go to college. You’re afraid of relationships not panning out. You don’t know you’re good enough, smart enough, strong enough.  But you are. You’re uncertain how to proceed.  So, I want to tell you a few things.

First of all, you’ll get yourself to school, and you’ll LOVE it. You’ll keep going and you’ll also build a life for yourself around education. You’ll be the first in your family to graduate college. And you’ll get a graduate degree too. You’ll work hard and learn so much and you’ll love every single minute of it. You’re smarter than you think you are because you’re willing to work hard and keep trying until you understand things.

Secondly, don’t be afraid of how connections and relationships will go. Find someone who truly appreciates EXACTLY you. Don’t compromise. Don’t give in or give up parts of yourself for another. Value humor and levity as much as you value education and capability in a mate. Choose wisely because it makes a whole lot of difference in your life. Don’t trade off comforts and the things you enjoy. Stick to your guns.

You’ll have two beautiful children and you’ll love them to pieces.  And still, they will be their own complete and amazing selves. You’ll have something to do with that, but not everything for it is THEIR journey. Only they know how to walk their paths. Love, embrace, cherish and enjoy them. Fear not. Simply know deep down in your heart that they will find their ways as you find yours.

Relax.  Enjoy every moment a little bit more.

You’re doing everything “right”.

Don’t let anyone tell you what is right. Know that what YOU think matters, is right for you at the time, and is your decision.

Be sure to make yourself happy every day. No matter what.

People who love you will want to please you and make you smile. Choose those people and walk away from those who create demands or expectations that don’t feel good.

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Exercise more – and do it in ways you enjoy – like dance!  Dance daily.

Pouring yourself into your work is worth while. You make a difference for the students and parents you serve.  Do that!

Throw out things that don’t make you happy, serve an immediate purpose or serve a real and regular function.  Less is more. Don’t let anyone clutter your life. It dulls your spirit.

Be confident in what you know and share it!

And above all, love with all your heart, work with all your heart and take time to reflect and acknowledge all of the wonder in your life.

Love yourself!



Your older and slightly wiser self


Thank you Two Writing Teachers for this wonderful place to share my writing on Tuesdays and every day this month during the Slice of Life Challenge 2016.  Click here to read some wonderful posts.




About Be Strong. Be Courageous. Be You

Principal at the School at the north end of Los Angeles Harbor where AWESOME happens. Working to make the world a little more wonder-full.
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5 Responses to Dear Younger Me,

  1. Cathy M says:

    This is true for our younger selves — and our selves. Beautiful and inspirational.



  2. elsie says:

    If only we could reassure the younger person all will work out for you. Wise thoughts, especially the thoughts about people who love you and don’t make demands, walk away from those who do. Your future continues to look bright when you think about your past.


  3. lauren jaimes says:

    I have trouble replying on the page but wow this is so beautiful thank you for writing your heart out!

    Sent from my iPhone


    Liked by 1 person

  4. jarhartz says:

    Whoa. Love you.

    Liked by 1 person

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