Dear 10-year-old Shai, Hi. 🙂 Wipe your tears. It’s not your fault. It never was. 25 years from now, you will see things much differently. Believe it or not, mom is right about a lot of things concerning you. I was going to write you an eloquent letter with paragraphs, but at this stage in the game, you probably need numbered points for easy reference. I love you so much. Please take my words to heart.
Dear 15-year old-me: Looking good, girl! You’re smart, funny, attractive, and full of potential, just like “they” said – whoever they are. The past five years have been filled with ups and downs, and there are several more to come, but you can handle them all if you embrace Godly wisdom and apply it to all things. Do well in school. Apply yourself so you can go away to school and have someone else pay for it.
Dear 18-year-old wild child, I know you don’t want to listen to any advice and think you’ve got everything figured out, but let me have just a moment of your attention. Life will be much better if you focus less on guys, and more on goals and accomplishments. You are worth FAR more than you allow credit for, and are capable of AMAZING things! Focus on school rather than guys, and you will accomplish things much more quickly and with far less heartache.
Dear freshly-broken-up-with teenage me, It hurts to write this letter. Even decades later, I can still feel the pangs of loneliness that blindside you/me as the guy you thought was your forever love distances himself further and further. And, truth be known, it’s a bit embarrassing now to think of how you/I acted throughout this breakup. Desperation is a powerful motivator and an awful dictator. Let me start by reassuring you that you do meet your real forever love.