Letter to teen self

In 2020 I’m answering a list of 52 journal questions. Read about it here.

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Write a letter to your teenage self.
Dear teen me,
I know you’d like answers to so many things…will you ever have friends you can count on for anything? Find your place in the working world? Have a family? Will you be happy? And those umpteen other questions that used to swirl through your mind.

Here’s the thing. I’m not going to tell you the answers to those questions. In fact I’m not going to tell you anything. Working your way through life and finding out those answers as you go is all part of life. You need to do it on your own. You’ll be a better person for it.

But the one thing I guess I am telling you now in writing this letter is that, at some point in your life, you are confident enough to be able to say this to your younger self. And that has to count for something.
Love your older me.

10 comments on “Letter to teen self

  1. Awww that’s a great letter to your younger self! Very sweet!!

  2. Well done, AJ! Although I’m sure your teen self would have a few choice words for you, upon reading this letter 🤣🤣🤣


  3. Wouldn’t it be freaky if we could send a letter to our teenage selves and those teenage selves actually could receive them?

    • Oh my gosh, that would be so freaky. I wonder what we would do with that information though? Would we act upon it or would we think “that won’t happen” or “that’s not what I think” or something similar and find ourselves exactly in the place we are now?

  4. I had to do one of these for a blog composed entirely of these letters-to-teen-me, as a promo for my novel.

    Needless to say, I told teen me a bit more than you did your younger self! 😂

    • Haha. I didn’t want to write it but because it was the topic thought about it for ages until I realised why it was I didn’t want to write it and then it was easy 🙂

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