Friday, April 13, 2012

Dear 10 year old self...

Dear Michelle,

Hang on to this letter because some parts will make more sense as you get older. I don't remember what you were like at 10 or what is going on then, but life is about to get crazy in a couple years.

Enjoy it and stop taking yourself so seriously. You don't have to hold things together for everyone or be some super student. In a few years, nobody will remember or care anyway. Enjoy yourself. Learn about what you enjoy, but spend more time having fun and trying new things. You don't have to be the best to keep trying things, and you never will learn or get any better if you don't start and stick with it for  awhile.

If you want to do something, ask. Mom and dad talk like money's super tight, but they probably could have come up with it and let you take dance or gymnastics or art or music lessons if they'd known how bad you wanted to. You'll end up trying again as an adult and it will suck when you find out there a few things you "might have" had a talent for if you'd developed it any.

Middle school and high school will be weird. Again, get out more, actually do stuff and maybe party a little. You'll spend too much of the rest of your life stuck at home or in front of a computer to start that mess now. You'll lose most of your best friends and grow apart, but you need to be a better friend to the ones who stick with you in high school because some of them are awesome people that will stay in touch years later.

Don't be surprised how people turn out. Tone down the self-righteous stage you fall into your freshman and senior year because you end up with your own craziness, too. Don't sweat college too much, but go ahead and learn more about the internet and computer programming instead of letting people talk you out of it. In short, have fun and follow what you want to do instead of trying so hard to conform to what you think everyone else wants.

Love,
  Raine  (btw, that screename/nickname you pick in 8th grade is gonna stick with you for the rest of your life)



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