Dear Ten Year Old Me;
You don’t have to be scared anymore. You are finally in a safe and loving home. Nobody will ever hurt you again. Every day when you come home from school, there will be a meal on the table for you. You won’t ever have to worry about going hungry again. You finally have a Mom and Dad who would do anything to protect you and give you a good life. It’s ten years too late, but you finally have a home. You’re going to be okay.
Things are going to be a little different now. There will be rules to be followed and chores to be done. Doctor and counselling visits will be required. Don’t hold anything back, it’s okay to tell your story. You are safe now. School is mandatory, do your homework and study for your tests. Mom will be giving you extra lessons, please don’t get mad. She only wants the best for you. Lastly, your brother and sister won’t be there with you. Don’t be sad. You will get to visit them. You are allowed to write letters to them and talk to them on the phone. Mom and Dad know how important your brother is to you. It will be okay.
School will be very hard for you. Classmates will make fun of you because you aren’t stick skinny and you have a speech impediment. Don’t listen to them. Focus on your grades and don’t be afraid to join different school activities. It’s okay if you aren’t a star athlete, just have fun. Try making friends. Not everybody is out to hurt you.
I want you to promise me something. When you get older, don’t take your eyes off the prize. School won’t get any easier for you, but don’t let that stop you. You’ve gotten this far. Prove your past wrong. You can achieve anything your little heart desires. Work hard, and study harder. Listen to Dad when he tells you to “Focus”. Don’t ignore him. He only wants the best for his baby girl. He knows you deserve the world. Go home and thank Mom for helping you with school. She worked hard to get you where you are.
Obstacles are going to come and go in your life, but I know that you are strong enough to handle anything. God has a plan for you. There may be days where you feel like giving up, but please don’t let the darkness win. You have a purpose, you just need to find it. Don’t let temptations win you over. You don’t need anything or anybody to make you happy. Look deep inside of you and find the light. It will help guide you when you start losing your way. Follow that light and you will be okay.
25 Year Old Me