Our younger selves are the backbone of who we have become as women. The foundation that was laid all those years ago is the basis for the you of today. Perhaps there were a few bumps in the road, a misstep or two or something else that made your journey less than joyous. But here’s the thing: you’re here today. There were mistakes made and lessons learned and, whether you want to believe it or not, you’re all the better for it. That revelation should count for a lot.
As we get older, we tend to look back over our life’s journey. We reminisce about the things we’ve done, the people who impacted us, the adventures that carried us from one summer to the next. This walk down memory lane can be a mix of joy and pain — it is a tangle of emotions that we play back not only in our heads but in our hearts as well.
What if you were to write a letter to your younger self — that shy and awkward 7-year old girl, the boisterous and loud 13-year old teen, or the 10-year old child who fell somewhere in between? What would you say to her?
My life is my life; I have few regrets. There is, however, an important lesson that I would impart to my 12-year old self.
This is my missive to my younger self. What about you and your younger self? What pearls of wisdom would you pass along to her? Would you counsel her against smoking in the girls bathroom? Would you praise her for her academic prowess? Would you try to prepare her for the life she’s about to live?
letter to my younger self