Yesterday I took time off actually writing a blog post, to instead go around the blogging community and read. In other words, invest in inspiration. When I take time to read what others have to say, a strange thing happens. Perhaps not so strange, more magical than strange. I begin to be inspired to write. Ideas pop into my head for future posts and as my Elementary English teacher used to say, my “creative juices start flowing.”
While reading a few posts, I came across Caitlin’s Letter to Her 16 Year-Old Self. I thought it was funny, and I immediately thought, Hey! I’d like to do that too. Then reality face slapped me and I realized I was sixteen. Last month. How lame would it be to write my ‘last year self’ a letter? You’re right. Utterly lame. So my shoulders drooped and I pouted. For a full five seconds until I decided I’d write a letter to myself anyways. Because. I can :
Dear Sixteen Year-Old Me,
Then I though it might be nice, just a little, to write myself a letter, for next year. I’ve heard of people writing to their former selves, but, do people ever write to their future selves? I’ve decided I will. Why?
Because I can do that too.
Dear Eighteen-Year Old Me,
First off, HA! You are old! Eighteen! (No, I really couldn’t help it.) Remember when you were ten, and you couldn’t wait ’til you were eighteen? Because seriously, eighteen year-olds are magically, and automatically cool, one of the reasons for this being that they could drive? On their own? Is it all you thought it would be? Does the 18 birthday candle really come with a magic “coolness” award? Remember why you wanted to drive in the first place? So you could drive off somewhere, anywhere, with a full gas tank, and a GPS that you wouldn’t use until it was time to go back home? You promised yourself you’d drive, drive somewhere, yet nowhere. Just for the fun of it. Follow your whims and fancies just for a day? Take the highway and turn off at any which exist? Have you done that yet? Maybe you should. Have you kept up with your activities lately? You know, devotions, fitness, studies, blogging? Yeah? Good for you, I’m so proud of who I’ll be! Now add something more to your list. Already have? Good girl! Add another one, you have that bucket list you made two years ago stashed around somewhere. No? You haven’t kept up? Shame on you! Get back on track! Now remember something, take care of yourself, alright? This year remember, “how will others love you, if you don’t love yourself?” Breathe, Breathe, and now Breathe some more. Everything turned out beautifully last year right? Everything will turn out fabulous this year as well. Make this year count, don’t be afraid to take chances, dares, or be spontaneous. Just, please learn to think first alright? Have you learned to fully bite your tongue and not speak at certain times. Boy I hope so. Don’t stress so much ’bout things, OK? Just keep calm and eat
chocolate healthy snacks. Stay true to yourself. Stay you. And in Jasmine Star’s words, “Stay Fabulous!”