Dear 21 year old Erin,
First of all, I just hope that you are doing okay.
Second of all, I want to tell you why I decided to write this letter. Facebook has decided that they would share with me a memory of a status my 11 year old self wrote.
I gotta tell you, I was very wise back then.
As I was reading my Facebook status I came to the realization that I needed to hear myself say that. To quote it, just so you too can be reminded of what the wise 11 year old once published to Facebook, “There comes a time in life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama & the people that create it & surround yourself with people that makes you laugh so so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything butt happy!! :)”
Now, 21 year old me, I did actually spell butt with two t’s instead of one, but I think that the 11 year old version of myself is a very wise young lady.
21 year old me, I just wanted to tell you that right now, at 16 years old, I am doing okay. I would say I am doing bad, or not so good, but after reading the words that I wrote at just 11 years of age, I have to say that I’m not doing so bad, because life is too short to be anything butt happy.
I hope that you are able to block out the bad and only focus on the good, because that is what I am currently trying to do.
I don’t know what made me post this on Facebook, I really don’t remember. I didn’t even realize that I posted it on Facebook until about 10 minutes ago, but 21 year old me, isn’t it funny how much I needed to hear myself say that.
Sure people have been telling me this all week. But, it’s funny that I didn’t really truly listen until, I read it from 11 year old us. And you have got to admit, 11 year old me has their ducks more in a row then I do right now.
Even so, I am okay. I am okay because I just finished an AP U.S. History paper about the Beatles that was 15 pages long. I am okay because I just finished talking to my friend for an hour and a half and have never felt more secure. I am okay simply because life is too great to be anything less than okay.
Now, 21 year old Erin, I hope that you are okay, too. If not okay I hope that you are happy. And healthy. I hope that you stumble across this in 5 years and you remind yourself that life is way too short.
But I also hope that you needed to hear yourself say that. 10 years ago, it seems that it is almost history, hell, 5 years later it seems like way too long ago.
I don’t know where you are 21 year old me, but I hope it’s somewhere pretty and wonderful. And most importantly, I hope you’re doing okay.
Even if you are not okay, maybe advice from the previous decade can help you out. And if that can’t help you out, I’ve always found Believe and Be Alright by Justin Bieber to help me out in a time of need.
So here is my advice to you:
Always remember that 4 quarters is better than 100 pennies. That is what is getting me through recent times, please use this advice.
And always remember, life is too short to be anything butt happy.
My 16 year old self