A letter to my former self

It was harder to keep up with the daily #reverb10 posts than I had thought and I fell behind. Participating in the project reminds me that I need to set aside time every day to write. If that means taking more than one day to draft a blog post, that’s fine. If this daily ritual includes writing emails to family or friends across the country that counts as well. Whatever the form of writing I want to challenge myself to remain active.


One of the prompts covered a topic I am consistently working to improve upon. It came from Jenny Blake and asks if you were to write a note to yourself 10 years ago, what would you tell your younger self? Well, here it is: a letter to my 14 year old self, just before entering high school.


Dear Stephanie,

I’m not going to sugar coat this. The next transition will not be an easy one. Because it will be different and because you’re not used to change. You’re leaving a small, close-knit environment for the exciting new arena of high school. After that you’ll be moving onto college and then into the real world, although that sounds like a lifetime away at this point. Good news though, you are going to adore everything coming up.  


Here’s your task: embrace the change. There will be countless changes in your life and the quicker you can transition the sooner you can truly enjoy all the experiences. Trust me, they will be great. And you’ll love all the new people you meet. The trouble you find yourself in (it’s inevitable, isn’t it?) will help you to grow. Learning how to adapt is all a part of the process… so do it quickly girlfriend! Let go of your reservations. Forget what others will think or what they are expecting of you. Face your challenges head on and reap all the benefits.


And most of all – enjoy the ride.


2 thoughts on “A letter to my former self

  1. I have to agree that was one of my favorite #reverb10 prompts. I actually started or thought I would participate when I saw your call for authors for the the3six5. I only actually posted only one. The "5 minute" exercise. I did how ever right both the letters to myself on a private journal and went as far as writing a letter to my relationship 5 years in the future. I really appreciate you being brave enough to go back and tackle this task. The holidays are a mental vacation and I’m glad to see your back on your blog. I look forward to continue reading. Good luck.

  2. Thanks for checking in, Jose! It’s great to connect with a fellow editor of the3six5. I will admmit I’m still working on the letter to my future self and I think I’ll keep it in a journal like you. I look forward to following your insights as well!

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