I got this idea from another blog i read....here's what i would say in a letter addressed to a much younger me:

Dear Amanda,

You're young and curious, but strong and determined. Life will throw you many obstacles, but you'll always fight your way through them. It's ok to cry every now and then. By the time you're 6 you'll have two younger brothers that will be both a blessing and a curse. They will push you beyond your limits. When you're 8 and a half, you'll move to Japan to be a "family". Appreciate the time you are blessed to spend in Japan and the people you spend it with, those days will be something you'll miss. When you come back, insist that Mom put you back in dance, or else you'll really regret it later on. Dad will never be the person you want him to be. As painful and hard as it is, try to let go of that early on, you only hurt yourself in the end. Be nicer to your brothers, it's not your job to try and step into the shoes of a missing parent. They need a big sister, not another mom (when you're sitting in that rental car agency in New York, don't tell them that you're superior to them. It will haunt you for life). Family takes on a whole new meaning. Those three people will always be there for you, just like you'll always be there for them. Learn from them at every opportunity. When Mom says, you'll miss being a kid, believe her, and enjoy every moment of that sweet innocence of childhood.

Lots of people will come into your life, and then go. Treasure those who are willing to stay with you, they are the real keepers. Your first kiss will be firework worthy (even if it's in the back of your mom's car while she drives your first boyfriend home). Sweet and innocent and new, it'll be the beginning of a whole new chapter of your life. You'll learn to treasure all your first kisses. They're all so different from each other, yet they're all so special to you. High school will be a tough. You'll go through four incredibly long and hard years, but you'll form some of the best friendships and relationships. IB will beat the crap out of you, but Dazzlers will keep you going. You'll survive to the end (maybe pick something other than psychology for you EE though...). Don't be discouraged when you don't get what you want the first time. Take time, and improve, it'll make the reward that much sweeter. High school love will come and go. When he breaks up with you, it's ok to cry, but know you're better off. Dance with all your heart and work hard for that quad that you'll get towards the end of your senior year. Go ahead and apply to Mom's alma mater, Miami University, who's it going to hurt? Don't be afraid to take some chances here and there, they give you important lessons that you'll need later on.

College will take you all the way up to Washington D.C. You'll be scared, excited, and ready all at the same time. Be sure to make as many friends as possible. There's no such thing as having too many. Someone will come into your life in the most unexpected way, be careful and cautious of your heart. It'll be the best 10 months of your life to that point. Watch what you say, and say your sorry more often. Remember, it's never about winning or being right, it's about being understood. By 2007, you'll experience something new - true heartbreak. It'll take a long time to get past the pain, there's no advil or tylenol you can take, you just have to ride it out. New people will come into your life just when you need them to. (Nobody really liked that guy anyways, he didn't treat you the way you deserve to be treated. The next guy will be 10x the man that he was). The summer after, you'll escape to Italy for 6 weeks. You'll sail the Mediterranean, visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa, witness the awe that is the Pantheon, survive a natural disaster, and eat at the birthplace of Fettucini Alfredo. It'll be something that changes your life. Try not to spend so much money there though, Mom won't like that.

Learn from the past, but move on to the future. People are flawed, and that's what makes them so beautiful. Don't take anything for granted, especially not those around you. Take in every moment, and never forget them, the good nor the bad. You'll find your Knight in Shinning Armor one day, and you'll know that God hand-picked him for you. Take life one day at a time, and take lots of pictures along the way.

You'll be just fine.

Ready? Set? Too bad, GO!

here's your opportunity, what would you say to a younger version of you?
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