Monday, December 5, 2011

Dear Me

Dear Sixteen-year-old Liesl

This is a letter from your 26-year-old self. I know what you're thinking;  is this some kind of "Butterfly Effect" situation that's going on here? Relax, it's not. Actually, come to think of it, you will not know about this awesome movie for another few years. Never mind...

I'm not here to tell you about your future and who you're going to marry and where you're going to live and what not. Honestly, even if I told you, you wouldn't believe me! I'm just here to give you a little perspective on your life right now, which will help you a lot on your journey.

First things first; that boy you are obsessing about right now... STOP! Don't waste your time and energy on him anymore. He peaked in high school, and after ten years you will thank your lucky stars that he wasn't that into you. (Which, by the way, also turns out to be the title of a book you have to read). You are going to meet an amazing man from somewhere far away that will treat you like a princess, and make you feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

You hate Math class right now, I know, but you will get through it, and you will never have to think about it again. Ever! Always be nice and friendly to your teachers, one day you will understand why. Enjoy every day with your friends, because it's really hard to find friends like these, and unfortunately some of them wont be here forever. 

You have no idea how lucky you are to be growing up in a small town. I know it might seem boring sometimes, but you and your friends will always look back and be grateful for it. These friends you have now will feel like your family one day, so cherish them and tell them how much they mean to you.

Don't take everything too seriously, you are only in high school. This is as easy as your life is going to get. You have some spectacular adventures awaiting you, but it won't always be a walk in the park. You will see amazing places, places that you have not even heard of before, and it will change your life.

Mom is always right. Always! You might not see it now, or even like the idea, but one day you will. Follow her advice and example, and you will go far. Spend more time with Dad, he knows a lot about a lot, and it will only make you more interesting to know more.

The world will be an unbelievable place in ten years. I can't share too much with you, because learning about everything is part of the journey and the excitement of life, and also, I don't want to mess things up like Marty and Doc did in Back to the Future.

Enjoy your life, and always make sure that everyone you love, know how much you love them and appreciate them, because you never know when it will be the last time you see them.

Twenty six-year-old Liesl

P.S. Tell Mom and Dad to buy stocks in a company called Google. 


  1. This made me reflect so much on my life, and how I never tell some people, 'I love you,' enough.

  2. I think this letter is for me too!

  3. Uitstekend !!!!!!!! Dankie vir die vertroue in my, jy was en is nog altyd my trots en vreugde. Betroubaar, liedevol, eerlik,slim witty, " and so the list go on and on"
    Bly altyd so opreg..... Sooooo baie baie lief vir jou !!!! Mamma

  4. This is such a good idea for a post! I may borrow it someday! :)

  5. I love this!! And I might team up with K.Elizabeth and borrow the idea as well... if that's ok??

    A lot of the things you said made me reflect back on my 16 year old days... like "mom is always right!" so true... and that boy you're obsessing over... haha. So true.

    Thanks for this inspiring post to look back and reflect.


  6. A letter like this really makes you think, right? Now if only my 60-year-old self could send me a letter right now!

    @K.Elizabeth & @Kristen You should definitely write a letter, too! And please post a link to it here if you do. I would love to read it! xxx

  7. This is so cool! Usually people write to themselves in for the future, but I've never seen it backwards! You are so inspirational, and I loved reading this letter! Ugh, I would have told my 16-year old self soOOoo many things.

  8. that's one of the best article I have read on any blog......
    just awesome.......

  9. I'm jumping on board with everyone else in saying that i might just have to borrow this idea. Even as i was reading this, i was thinking what i would be writing. This is so inspirational & really made me think about just how much of a journey i have gone through. Great idea!

  10. Sounds quite nice and really helpful advice for any sixteen year old girl today.i only wish they listen and learn from people who now have the benefit of hindsight rather than insisting on learning from their own experiences.

    great post!!

  11. Oh man, if I wrote my 16 year old self a letter; I'd be giving my self a friggin' earful! I always thought i knew it all then, so dumb was I. I'm a new follower from 20SB, love your blog! Feel free to read mine :)

  12. I really enjoyed that Liesl, thanks for sharing. I'm so glad your blog is getting so much positive energy & attention... like attracts like eh? Yay :D

  13. I really love this post :-D it is such a good idea. Really enjoyed reading it.


  14. I have do that too! Love the idea of writing a letter to me as a teenager. Maybe tomorrow!



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