Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dear 10-Year-Old Brianna...

Dear 10-Year-Old Brianna,

There are so many differences between you and me.  I wish I could say I am as happy as you are, but it's alright because at least I remember being you and having that feeling.  There are some things that I wish I could go back and change, like not dating that boy, or picking another major, or taking chances that I didn't take.  But then I would exist as I am would I? You are adorable, whether you'd like to believe it or not (the latter I'd assume) and you will go far.  WE will go far.  There's so much to experience in just a matter of 10 years and you will both love and hate the things that await you.  What you should know is that the world won't stop turning. I know it will be hard for you to remember that, because it's hard for me to remember that.  Be excited about the future. I know even at 10 years old you don't want to grow up and 10 years down the road you'll say the same thing sometimes, but let yourself have the change of heart because there's so much more than the first 20 years of your life.  You WILL get to wear cute clothes at some point without having to offend Mom, and while you may not become comfortable with yourself and your physical appearance, others will let you know what they think of you.  Even better, you'll grow into your body and learn to let it go more.  You'll get braces, go through therapy, pass your driving test, and begin college at a great school in your future.  Even with all the sucky things that happen to you, you'll have people there with you every step of the way.  Enjoy where you are now, because you are a very lucky 10 year old with a lot of friends and a family that cares about you.  Just know that whatever your choices are, you won't make the "wrong" one.  Everything will turn out in the end.

20-Year-Old Brianna

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