A letter to my 10-year-old self

Last night, I watched this video.

The video, via SoulPancake, really piqued my interest. I have been big into writing and receiving letters recently, so I decided to follow suit and write a letter to my 10-year-old self.

Dear 10-year-old Amanda,
Hi. You are currently in 4th grade, and you recently got your ears pierced. (Exciting stuff! Just wait– you will eventually get your ears double pierced. Pretty cool.)

If memory serves, right now you are pretty stressed about figuring life out. I regret to inform you that you won’t ever “get it,” but chin up because nobody else does either.

Amanda, Tess, Emma: Easter circa 2000-2002.
Amanda, Tess, Emma: Easter circa 2000-2002.

Middle school, high school and college seem to be shadowy, hazy figures in the far off distance. I understand. You don’t want to think about the future because it is scary. Embrace middle school; that will be the peak of your “coolness.” (One tip: wear less makeup. You are prettier without it.) By high school, you won’t be as cool, but you will be in show choir, which is the next best thing. In college you will stop caring about cool, and that will rock.  

The phases will come: braces, theater, over-involvement, fitness nut, bookworm, French wannabe and tap dance star. Some will be good, some will be bad, most will be ugly. Just embrace them. Luckily, your hair will remain light blonde, but don’t bother wasting your time trying to curl it. It will always end up straight.

You and your younger sister will get closer, though she will never forgive you for the whole “Lamby” incident. You will start calling your parents “Gary” and “Janet,” but that doesn’t mean you will love them any less. They will support you through some really crappy times, so make sure you appreciate them now. Also, love your dog Tess, because she will die and they will replace her with an impostor dog who isn’t nearly as cool.

And the future? It will be just fine. (At least for the next 11 years…I can’t definitively say anything past then.) Your strengths  will make themselves clear soon enough. Here’s a hint: the things you don’t like about yourself, such as your obsession over details, asking endless questions, strong emotions, and feeling like an introvert stuck in an extrovert’s body, will  end up being what makes you excel and succeed in your endeavors. Just wait.

21-year-old Amanda

P.S. I almost forgot: avoid meatball sandwiches, pineapples, Irish bear fights and skiing at all costs. 

What would you write in a letter to you 10-year-old self?


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