Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Writing Exercise #14

Write a letter to your 16 year old self.

Sixteen wasn't a good year for me, and I really don't know what I would write to myself. A few things stuck with me when I sat down to write this one. 
  • What happened to me at 16 is probably a fixed point in time and can't be changed, so there's no point in writing a letter warning myself about it.
  • Reader's Digest did a contest for life stories told in 100 words and I thought it would be interesting to keep my letter to that word limit. 
  • In high school a friend and I would write our letters with "To You, From Me" or "To Me, From You".
Here's my letter:
Dear Me, 
Sweet Sixteen! 
Sadly, sixteen for us will not be sweet. It’s hard to think back that far from where I am now. I can tell you that what sweetness you’ll have will be so very important to your overall well-being. 
It is going to be a rough year but you will learn so much about yourself during that time. What you learn will be the foundation that supports the woman I am today.  December marks the lowest point in your life, but trust me things get better. You’ll learn the meaning of true friendship and family.

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