Dear Younger Self,
If you are receiving this, you are currently in 6th grade. It’s winter break, which means that for you, it has been over a year since the first time I contacted you this way. I am you, except older- I just finished the first semester of my sophomore year of college. The reason why I am contacting you is because something happened in high school that had some negative consequences for me, and the one thing that I care about now is for me- us- to be happy. Changing some of the choices that you make in the coming years could change that. Due to new experimental technologies that could eventually lead to time travel, I am able to contact younger versions of myself.
This Christmas is different- since your mom is due soon, you aren’t able to go out-of-state to visit her family like you normally would. The last time that you were at home for Christmas was your very first one, but that year your mom’s family had come to your house. That makes this your first Christmas without your favorite cousin- the one that’s your age. Thinking of all the crazy things that you’ve done together makes you smile and laugh. At the same time, it’s just so different not being with his family- not baking Christmas cookies together, not going sledding together, not having hot chocolate together, not opening presents together. The next time you see him will be the first time that he sees your sister.
Speaking of your sister, you’re going to be very pleased with the name that your parents choose for her. You knew that Ami should be part of her name, and they will honor that request, even if it doesn’t fit perfectly as the middle name that they wanted you to pick. To think that a child who isn’t even born yet has already brought out your biggest smile must be a crazy thought. I can assure you that you’ll make many more good memories with her in the years to come.
What I can tell you now is that you’re going to have to call upon some skills that you already know, as well as learn some new ones. Patience will be really important- with your family, friends, classmates, and the kids that you will work with in the future. Remember that no matter your actions, there will always be someone who loves you, even if they can’t show it. The last thing that you need to know for now is that you always have a choice. If you know that there is something that you want (or don’t want) to do, you have a choice in it, even if others act like you don’t. Making your own choices so that you’ll be happy will help you gain a lot of respect from your peers, who might not be able to.
You’d better go have some supper now- that cranberry goat cheese log is waiting for you!
Your Older Self