Dear photograph,

This is your future 17 3/4 self writing. You’re not going to believe how important writing is going to be to you, so don’t give Mom a hard time when she tells you to practice with your O’s. While you’re at it, tell Mom you love her. That will be the most important thing you’ll regret not doing enough later on. Tell her, and tell her often.

Life is going to be bumpy, but you’ll do just fine.

Precisely 15 years after the shutter goes off, you’re going to be cutting calc AB (and eventually get away with it) to have breakfast with amazing people. You’re going to pour too much batter in the waffle maker and people are going to make fun of the way you eat bacon. That’s okay. 15 years after the shutter goes off you’re going to be baring your soul to your AP English class plus a handful of others. It will last a grueling 27 minutes, and it will be emotionally exhausting. You’re going to receive an 88% on that project. Later in the day you’re going to be looking at city lights. It’ll be a good day.

Life will be madness. Nothing will turn out lik you’ll expect, but hold on to your grand plans anyway. I can’t fathom what kinds of things a 2 1/2 year olf worries about, but don’t take life too seriously. You;ll have plenty of time to do that later.

In the even that a freak time warp occurs, feel free to take my advice or scoff at it as you like.

Don’t mix the orange juice with the hot chocolate. It won’t work.

Torment Shawn as much as you desire. He deserves it and it’s work the time-outs.

Don’t mind the mean girls. You’re not going to remember them later and they certainly won’t remember you.

While running or racing, never ever look back.

Don’t waste time on a crush when you know you love someone else. Also, don’t tell anyone who your crush is. It’ll get messy.

Do not leave the purple notebook outside.

And always, always remember that you are never alone. There’s no reason to be afraid because there are so many people who love you. That includes me.

Love, yourself,

Brenda

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