Friday, April 15, 2011

Dear Teen Me

Yep, that's me at high school graduation, back when my whole life stretched in front of me.  And my letter to my teenage self is posted today at Dear Teen Me.  Seeing it out there in black and white feels a little like standing in the middle of the street, naked. 

If you're not familiar with Dear Teen Me, it is a super cool site.  It's where writers post letters to their teenage selves.  Some are funny, others are heart-wrenchingly sad, and some fall somewhere in-between.  Writing my letter was not easy.  It brought back lots of memories, both good and bad.

What would you tell your teenage self?  If your teenage self is anything like mine, you probably wouldn't listen, not even to your older, wiser (hopefully) self. 

Click here to read my letter.

16 comments:

Michael Di Gesu said...

I can relate to that, Liz. My teen self was cocky, self assured, and knew everything. I had a buddying career as a model and I made a ton of money way to young to know what to truly do with it.

And, NO i wouldn't have listened to my older self. My mom, who was a gorgeous woman, tried to warn me of the pitfalls of getting too much, too fast. BUT...

And now hear I am almost 25 years later, kicking myself for not listening.... BUT that's part of growing up.

Angelina Rain said...

Great post. I take everything to heart and that’s a lesson that I can’t seem to learn. I would tell my teen self to just loosen up and relax, ignore some of the angst of the teen years, and just enjoy life. Those are all the things I didn’t do as a teen.

nutschell said...

great post! i dont think I'd share my teen pictures (shudders). I would tell my teen self to have more fun, i think.
nutschell
www.thewritingnut.com

Donna Cummings said...

Liz, your letter was wonderful. I was sad reading about the one you never saw again, but chuckled when I read about the crush who ended up being a loser. Life has such surprises for us. :)

Mindy Ruiz said...

LOVED your teen letter, Liz. I think we forget too often to give those one last hugs. We also want everything to be perfect, but every fantastic story usually starts with an impossible problem that shapes and molds us. You turned out great, Wiser Liz! ;)

Bz said...

Nice to meet you through the A-Z challenge! Hope to see you around!

Great post, I'll go check out the site - thank you for sharing!

Jean Davis said...

Love the note to teen self. Awesome idea.

I would have loved to know what I do now, back then, even a little assurance to bolster those teen insecurities would have been welcome.

Anne R. Allen said...

Lovely letter. And what a pretty graduate you were!

The one thing I wish I could tell my teen self is DON'T DIET!! I had a great figure, but of course wanted to be super-skinny. I starved myself for years, ruined my metabolism and ended up getting fatter and fatter. Now no matter how little I eat and how much I exercise I will never get that figure back.

Orlando said...

Uh... is this sent to yourself in the future? If it were a message sent to my past, now that would really help me out.

I have no idea what I would say to myself except; live long and prosper.

Liz Fichera said...

Thanks for taking the time to visit Dear Teen Me. I really appreciate it, guys. (And gals) :-)

Nas Dean said...

Hi Liz,

I loved reading your wonderful letter.

I would tell the teen me to learn to stand up for yourself.

Sarah Allen said...

Interesting question. Makes me think, I'm not exactly sure what I would want my younger self to know...

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

Theresa Milstein said...

Your pictures are so similar! Not everyone keeps their youthful looks like you!

Off to read your letter.

J.L. Campbell said...

Interesting site. I know what you mean about always wanting to be at some other point than the one where you're at.

Rachel Morgan said...

Just been over to read it. A beautiful, heartfelt letter :-)

Liz Fichera said...

Thanks for the kind comments you beautiful, gorgeous ladies! xoxo