This question was brought to me by my brilliant sister, V.
If you could go back to visit your 12-year old self, what would you say?
"Suzanne, those girls who make fun of you do so because they're scared. They're so desperate to be popular that they'll say and do anything to make you feel like you’re less than them. But don’t worry, because six years from now, you’re going to be the Prom Queen. And not because you were the most beautiful or the reigning Queen Bee, but because you were nice.
And you know all those ideas you jot down? Those ideas are going to be stories. And you will sell them. Those stories will affect and connect people and teach them things about themselves that they don’t even know are there. The same will happen for you as you write.
So when you go to school today and someone snickers about the hair you can’t straighten, know that eventually, you’ll have ringlets so perfect that they’ll make strangers stop and compliment you.
And as you get older, you will learn that those walls you’re building so high can sustain an occasional window.
You will also learn to act brave, even if you’re not. Because no one can tell the difference.
So for now, wipe your eyes and try that. As you walk to school, say this to yourself over and over, ‘Act brave, even if you’re not. No one can tell the difference.’
And I promise, you’re going to be fine.”
What would you say to your 12-year old self?
4 years ago