12 Things I’d Tell Me at Twelve

1. You are beautiful. Just as you are. Never, ever doubt that.

2. You don’t have to try to make everyone like you. The important ones will anyway. Just be yourself.

3. Speak up! Your opinion matters just as much as everyone else’s. You can, and should, be heard.

4. Those bangs are NOT your friend. Just learn it now, sister.

5. Don’t lose sight of your dreams. You actually can achieve them. Don’t sell yourself short. Fight for them.

6. Keep exploring. Keep listening to new music. Keep writing in that composition book. Keep daydreaming. Keep climbing trees.

7. Don’t let men make you feel weird. They are the bad ones for staring at an early-developed twelve year old.

8. Stop laying out in the sun with baby oil! You’ll long for that lily smooth skin one day.

9. Don’t be afraid. You are stronger and more capable than you think.

10. Think long and hard about the friends in your life. A few golden ones are much better than many bronze.

11. Horses really are as magical as you think they are. Don’t let them, or the wonder you feel, go. You’ll miss it one day.

12. This year, you’ll meet a funny boy. He’ll tease you. He’ll become your best friend. He’s the one. I won’t spoil the surprises of the years to come, just enjoy every single second and tell him you love him every chance you get. Because just over twelve years from now, he’ll be gone and all you’ll have are the memories you are about to make.

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This post is a response to the weekly Writer’s Workshop over at Mama’s Losin’ It!. Learn more about the ‘pretty much famous’ weekly prompts here. This week I chose: ‘Write a post in just 12 lines.’

That was beautiful. I wish that I could go back and tell my twelve year old self many of the same things.

Stopping by from Mama Kat’s.

Very good!! Visiting from Mama Kat’s.

Nice post. The last line sounds very reflective on events that may have taken place. Hope all is well.

I just read “about you” and why you started the blog. After reading your post today, I could tell you were very reflective on recent events. I am so sorry about your loss. My spouse has also been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. The dangers are always present with them. My heart aches for you, but I am so inspired by your determination to move forward with faith and courage. You will be a great strength to so many others who have lost their loved ones in the war. Hugs.

If only it was as easy to follow our own advice as it is to give it!

There is very little I would actually change about myself if I could go back, since even my bad choices helped make me who I am today. But the one thing I WOULD change would be a couple of very bad haircuts….

Like Carol, I read you “About” page to better understand #12, because it was beautifully written and tugged at my heart. I’m so sorry for your loss.

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