A Letter to My High School Self

Hey You!

This letter isn’t about the major stuff, but the little things. You need to experience the big stuff without my interference.

Keep writing! And reading! All the quiet time after homework, use it to read and write more. Trust me, if you get out of the habit, it’s hard to get back into it. Even while you’re working on your college degrees, make time to write.

Oh! And all those times you wanted to go write in a coffee shop, GO DO IT! Just do it!

A litter bit of money advice: borrow the books from the library. The library is free! I know those Barnes and Noble 15-20% off coupons we get each week are awesome, but that’s also money you don’t need to spend. I’m divided on the notebook situation. I’d like to say don’t bother, but we know how much we both love notebooks.

Oh! Another reading point. You know how we like researching and learning as much as possible? Don’t lose that either. July 15, 2015, you’ll meet a student that will remind you of how you are now. Wow, these pronouns are screwing me up!

I know it seems like everything I’ve put in this letter isn’t important. Trust me, sweetie, this is the important stuff.

See you in the mirror in 12 years!

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22 Responses to A Letter to My High School Self

  1. Lindsay says:

    I teach high school, and I’m always trying to talk about how I wish they would understand this or that and when they look back on these years, they will wish the same things. They listen but secretly think I have no idea what I’m talking about – haha, I was the same way though. You can only really understand after you have grown up.

    • caendicott says:

      Exactly! I thought I’d have all the time in the world to pursue my passions! NOPE! Stupid thing called life and work get in the way!

  2. Love this post! Yay for the library encouragement too. Writing and reading are so important – important skills and also a way to make life happier.

  3. Liz says:

    This is great! I’m LOLing at the B&N comment.. I spent SO much money on books! Now I live for the library 🙂

  4. wendie says:

    The Barnes and Noble comment made me laugh! I definitely should say this to my high school self along with ALOT of other things! haha….

  5. Laurie says:

    Ah yes! Love this post. I often reflect on the fact that if I could give my past self advice on what I know now, how different of a person I may be. <3

    Thanks for the reminder to never stop learning & growing.

  6. Christine says:

    Love this post. Especially when you meet people who remind you of your younger self. You just want to put them under your wing and guide them, but the thing about being younger is that they know better…you thought you knew better..

    • caendicott says:

      The thing is, though, I feel like I could have told this student what I was thinking, but I didn’t want to come off weird because this was the first time I’d seen her in my library. Didn’t want to become the creepy librarian.

  7. Oh the things I would say to myself. This definitely got me thinking!

  8. chelsea says:

    I think it is so important to be writing letters to ourselves. Love it 😉

  9. Really lovely post, I wish I could have told my highschool self SO many things!! <3

  10. Keating says:

    Great letter! I love when bloggers write letters to their younger selves. I’ve had one in draft mode for a few months now and still have yet to complete it. I’ll have to get it posted soon! 🙂

  11. Monika Celly says:

    You are doing a great job by journaling your thoughts. Great piece of writing!

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