Write a letter to your 13 year old self… that’s the Free Write Friday prompt today! I had to do this… Let’s see if you can tell what I was focused on during this time. ;)
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Dear 13 year-old Mikael,
Oh yes… the middle school years. You’re just the golden child, aren’t you? I just have a few things to talk to you about.
Don’t freak out about braces! They may be ugly and uncomfortable… but just you wait. Once they come off, you will be so gorgeous you will be beating boys off with a stick. Your boy crazy brain will soon have it’s time for physical manifestation after. In fact, you may be surprised to know that you’ll have a boyfriend (albeit short lived) before you get those suckers off.
Now about that senior that you’re crushing on… He’s the hottest thing you’ve ever seen but in reality, you’ll find many guys that trump him in so many ways in just a couple years (plus, you can ogle him a little more once you get into high school). But still enjoy writing notes on the board of the classroom that you two share just classes apart. It’s cute and your teacher gets a kick out of it. And yes, it will send your heart soaring whenever you see his handwriting saying hi. Even if he does have a hot girlfriend…
That friend that just broke your heart with lies and deceipt? Forget about her too. She’s a bitch and she’ll try to redeem herself about ten years from now. She’s not one of those people that is worth it so I suggest you just forget her now and don’t play into any of her games that she’ll toss your way through the end of high school.
And the class clown in your math class you find cute? Enjoy his hilarity all you want but know that he’s not a good kisser. Sorry to break it to you. You’ll find out in a few years. Luckily, he won’t be the worst you’ll experience but still. Be warned.
Oh, you know that cool guy you sit next to in Reading/English? He’ll be important to you from 9th-11th grade. Keep him close by because just before you start 11th grade, you’ll lose him as a friend (and boyfriend). Same with your best friend in Clayton Productions. She’ll move away eventually so embrace any chance you have to see her.
At the expense of fitting in and being “cool”, I beg of you… please don’t put someone down. You will do it once before high school and it will tear you apart inside (I still regret saying it). What you will say was very hurtful to the guy, not to mention unwarranted. Then there will be a guy in your Science class next year that will ask for paper every single day… try and have patience. He is a nice guy even if he rubs you the wrong way now.
School isn’t everything and neither is fitting in. You’re going to be one of those people who can fit in anywhere and everywhere (though you will have a niche in music/theater) so don’t worry about that. You won’t die if you don’t get a 4.0 and you’ll get the Patriot of the Month award when you’re in 9th grade even if you think you deserve it now. :P
One last thing, young’un… everything happens for a reason if it sucks. Just suck it up and move on. Timing is everything. You like to hold onto things and take everything far too seriously. I know that eventually you will lighten up (only a little) but still… enjoy what you can.
Your 23 year-old self
So clearly I was far too concerned with boys and fitting in since that’s all I can really remember from that time. Boys and school.
Now what were you concerned about when you were 13?
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