(Inspired by fellow Skirt Sport sister and blogger friend, Sandy at The Ultra Freak, I decided to do my own letter to myself. At least one at age 40 to a younger me.)
Believe in yourself. You are truly stronger than you know. You CAN do amazing things. With God, all things truly ARE possible! Don’t limit yourself because something is hard or seems scary.
Speaking of God, He is the most important part of your life. Your trust and faith in Him will lead you on the path you were meant to be on.
Ignore the naysayers. Those that belittle you and your dreams, or your way of thinking. They are toxic and will only bring you down. Nothing good comes from those negative people.
Friends come and go. If they were truly friends, they will still be there through the ups and downs. If not, they were not a real friend, just a lesson you had to learn on your life journey.
Sports is something you are capable of. When you are playing Little League, realize that you love the thrill that it gives you. One day, you will run more than bases.
Finding love will be hard. Trust in the values mom and dad taught you, and know that it’s going to take time. It’s not a fairy-tale or like they depict it to be in the movies.
Math. It sucks and you will never really like doing it. That said, buckle down and learn the whole x + y = whatever stuff as early as possible. Later, it’s going to be more difficult to figure out. Sadly though, the fact is, you will never need to know anything about x or y because you won’t use it.
Stop hating yourself. No one is perfect, nor do they have a perfect body. God made us all perfect in His own image. Disliking yourself will cause you to miss fun stuff like Prom. Embrace who you are. Weight can be gained and lost, but moments in your childhood can’t be repeated or re-lived.
You CAN write. Don’t let any teacher tell you anything different. If they do, smile and realize how wrong this guy is and know some people just like to attempt to ruin your dreams.
Go to college. Yes, you do go, but shoot higher than the community college level. If you can go away to college, do it. That experience will be something you will wish you did one day.
Most of all, live life to the fullest each day. Be yourself, and those who truly love you will always be by your side. Hug your family, and try to never go to bed angry or in the middle of a fight with them. Spend as much time with them as you can. One day, they may not be there anymore. We don’t keep items, only memories and love. Have fun and be sure to never lose your sense of humor and laughter from your life. 🙂