A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Katie,

It is you 13th birthday. Mom and Dad are about to leave and move to Washington while you stay here in Massachusetts so you can go to camp this summer. They are not abandoning you, I promise. You are still young, don’t take life too seriously, okay?

I know you are feeling all sorts of emotions with mom and dad leaving, Matt just leaving for college and you having to stay here in Massachusetts jumping around from house to house all summer.

Allow me to help you clear up some of the question marks in your life.

This year will be the worst year you will ever have, you may excel in school but you will have no friends and be miserable because of that. Don’t lose help because you will meet the best friends of your life just a little bit later than everyone else in your school. There is no direction from this point but up.

You will fail Algebra and not know what you did wrong, your mom will get you a tutor and try to help you but she just doesn’t understand. You need to work hard to get where you want to go, never give up on your dreams.

Have the courage to speak up and protect the people around you. In college, you will learn abotu “bystander syndrome” but after being a trained lifeguard, being a bystander is impossible.

Speak up to a friend in your freshman year of college. Tell her you don’t like what she is doing with her life and that you need to take a break as friends. Do NOT follow the same path as her.

About five years from now you will figure out your passion in life. It will not be dance, singing or gymnastics. It will be something more creative and something you neer knew existed before this time. You will connect with some of the coolest people in your major that you will ever meet and connect with some of the best Communication professors in the nation.

Let me tell you something, you will do better in college than your brother, GASP! You will finally be better than him at something, just wait it’s going to be great!

Hang in there, Katie. Your world is about to change – you just don’t know it yet. Don’t settle for less than what you deserve.

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