I just heard about this day today, which I feel that I can undoubtedly support.
How I heard about it was from YouTube’s global #DearMe campaign. I think this is one of the coolest thing I’ve seen them do on there. Many YouTubers came together to share their #DearMe to inspire and empower the younger ones! Growing up is rough and we all know that. There are so many things I was wish I could go back and tell my younger self, and I’m going to share starting with two words. Dear Me.
Dear Me… this is a message from your cooler, better dressed, older self. And I have many many things to tell you. Dear Mickaela, don’t be so embarrassed by the little things. Just because you were the first to raise your hand because you thought you knew the answer and soon after were told you were wrong, doesn’t make you an idiot. It makes you bold because you actually rose your hand for something to speak up. Embrace the embarrassing moments, because there are manyyyyyy more to come.
Dear Me, don’t let anyone bring you down or second guess yourself. Wearing makeup and straightening your hair everyday was never about trying to fit in, and you knew that! So don’t let your mom or sister try to tell you otherwise because they don’t know you.
Dear Me, do things because you want to do it, not for other people. Simple.
Dear Me, don’t be so hard on yourself. You’ll screw up a lot, but don’t wallow for weeks in your bedroom upset about it. Get the f**** over it.
Dear Me, don’t be afraid to show emotion. I’m definitely an easy cry-er. But when it comes to relationships, showing more sympathy on the outside goes a long way and will show to them that you value them as a person and value them in your life.
Dear Me, the people that you surround yourself with is a reflection of you. Be with people that make you a better person. You have met so many influential people in your life that they don’t even know inspired you. Joining clubs and sports forced you to come out of your shy self and I’m so proud of you for doing that in high school.
And finally, there is a bigger picture to everything. School and people will constantly ask you what you want to be when you grow up, and the truth is you won’t have an answer at 18. Not even the year after that. Just keep the ball rolling and trust in The Lord because there is a place for you on this world of ours and you will have your chance to make your mark on the world, eventually.
What would you tell your teenage self if you had the chance?