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Prompt- a letter to your 14 year old self

1988

Man I know how bad things seem right now. It’s middle school and you’re miserable. Nothing seems to want to go right. You’ve been held back a year in math and you think it means you are stupid. It doesn’t. It means right now that your teachers don’t understand how to help you comprehend math. Give it a few more years and you’ll find out that geometry is easy. Remember that, and don’t dwell on the fact that your brain doesn’t operate like a human calculator.

Friends will come. I know it doesn’t seem like it. You’ll find some amazing ones as time goes on. It’s not about quantity, but quality. And you are going to end up with some remarkable people in your life.

Breathe. Celebrate the quirks that make you unique. Don’t worry about fitting in, embrace the differences. While your peers spend lives in McJobs, struggling to find happiness, you are going to travel the world. You’ll see new places, and experience new things.

You will make a difference. In ways large and small, you will enrich the lives of people around you. You will be remarkable.

Promise