Letter to my sixteen year old self

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Dear younger me,

You are amazing and brilliant and beautiful. Size six is not fat. Love that body.  Don't lose yourself to keep someone else. You will regret it so much when you're about to turn 40. Live the life you're living. Enjoy your friends. Enjoy the adventure.  But at the end of the day, go home and hug your dad and your brother. You won't have them for many more years. 

When you lose your dad, you are going to be irreparably damaged. When you lose Joe, you're going to be lost. Take that pain and do good. Suicide prevention. Save lives. Be kind to everyone, especially strangers. Your voice might be the thing that saves them.

Don't worry about the haters. You won't see them again after high school. Hold on to your family. Slow down. Life isn't a race.  Spread kindness everywhere you go. Be someone's light. 


Older, more experienced, irreparably damaged you

Created: May 03, 2017


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