Dear younger me

Dear younger me,

Look at you. So eager to walk across that gym floor and receive your Kindergarten diploma. I’m so proud of you. Six years old and ready to take on the world. I know you have some summer fun to get to, but first I want to tell you a couple of things.

  1. I promise that you will one day be as happy as you are now. Unfortunately, it won’t always be that way. You’ll go through some tough times. Worse than falling and scraping your knee on the playground. But just as you get back up to play, you’ll do the same in life.
  2. You’re going to feel left out. Your clothes won’t be new and you won’t have cool stories of family vacations. Kids will laugh. But don’t let that keep you from being you. Continue to be that crazy little girl that I’ve grown to love.
  3.  You know how you love racing all the boys during recess? Keep it up. One day that training will allow you to meet all sorts of people. Mentors, friends…family. You’ll be running all over the place!
  4. That older brother of yours sure can be a pain, huh? Not to mention that new little sister you have. Those two are your best friends for life, okay? They’ll be right next to you during the toughest times…so keep them close!
  5. What is it you want to be when you grow up? A teacher isn’t it? Well, keep your passion. And no matter where your path goes, know that there will be a million and one opportunities to teach people.
  6. In the next couple of years you are going to get called a lot of names other than Erika. But remember, you control who you are. Shrug it off, babe.
  7. You’re already such a hard little worker. Grandpa absolutely loves giving you all sorts of jobs. But one day you’ll grow tired of mowing the lawn and picking up cigarette butts. Promise me you’ll keep doing it. Spend as much time with him as you can. Play your imaginary guitar with him and bust a move; he’ll be gone before you know it.
  8. Sunshine, you aren’t going to get sucked up by a tornado. Stop being scared of those storms and enjoy the view. You’ll grow to love dancing in the rain.
  9. Go give your mom and dad a huge hug once you finish reading this. Things will get shaky for the next couple of years. But I promise they’ll come back around. In the meantime, you’re about to gain some super powers called resilience and determination.
  10. Finally, take careful notice of those around you. God is going to give you many angels throughout your journey. They’ll be of all shapes, colors, sizes, and species. You won’t see it at first, but they are what will get you through.

If you made it all the way through this letter then goodness, they need to put you at a 5th grade reading level or something. Such a smart little cookie.

Chin up, buttercup. That same beautiful smile you have now will keep shining through (minus all those gaps). No situation or person is going to keep you from succeeding. So go get em’ girl.

I love you,

From our fortress.

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