Saturday , 25 October 2014

Letter to My Younger Self

My 20th high school reunion starts tonight. Yes, I was a mere 17 11 years old when I graduated. I am looking forward to seeing classmates that I feel closer to today thanks to Facebook.

I’ve been wondering about that girl. The one that walked across the stage 2 months after turning 17.  With her radiant smile on the outside and insecurities on the inside. I thought I should write her a letter.

Dear Sili,

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! Don’t let the acne fool you. Don’t let the fact that boys pass you by get in the way of the fact that you are what you are and who you are. Smart and beautiful. Caring and compassionate. I love that about you. And they will too.

You are about to embark on a journey and will meet people that will change your lives for the better (regardless of whether the experiences were good or bad).  That girl with the welcoming voice and face on Mills Lawn will still be there welcoming you 20 years later.  That boy in the off-campus student lounge that’s going to turn you on to Stark Trek will be like a big brother.

Take risks, Sili! Don’t be scared. Do the wild and crazy things that you read about in books. Hang out, have a drink, sneak into a club. Get yourself grounded for goodness sakes! Don’t let the joy of adventure pass you by.

Understand that everything happens for a reason so, don’t worry too much, okay? Let your parents be the adults and you concentrate on enjoying some of your youth and childhood. They’ll be okay.  I know your biggest fear has come to pass but don’t think about it now.

If you meet a boy and you like him, tell him. Don’t mince words and don’t be scared. You will do a good job of this most times. Other times you’ll get your heartbroken. But trust me when I tell you: THIS TOO SHALL PASS! And the experiences that you have now will only strengthen you for later.

Don’t put off spending time with family and friends and continue to write. In your journal, your notebooks. The thoughts you go through, the poetry you feel. Because I wish I had more of that experience on paper from you.

I bet you thought I would give you details of everything that you should avoid and beware of. I wish I could. But if I did, the path that I am on now would be different and I do not wish for that. I am right where I need to be and that’s because you are about to go through things as they did the first time. Carry the peace that this reality brings with it.

Oh and, let your curly hair loose will you? It will liberate you in ways I cannot explain.

oxoxox,

You

Pimsleur Swedish

About Sili Recio

Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Mamihood Media and My Mamihood. Selected as one of Latina Magazine’s top Blogger to Know in 2014 and Latina Magazine’s top 10 Mommy bloggersin 2013, My Mamihood was described as “a haven for fashion inspiration, baby concerns, must read books and even tech musings! This blog will keep you reading for hours…” When not appearing on top 10 lists or speaking passionately about those things she holds near and dear to hear heart, this Afro Latina loves hanging out with her frog princess, helping others, trash talking in her setting up all-girl Fantasy football leagues, reading and finding new gadgets to play with. She is currently punishing herself by pursuing an MBA with a concentration in social media from Southern New Hampshire University on hiatus from school much to the chagrin of her Type A personality.

6 comments

  1. Sili,
    You were and still are one of the most amazing women I have ever known. Your humor, compassion, and strength are an inspiration. Even back in HS you were great at project management (our awesome science projects) , promoting friendship and togetherness.
    Your mother is smiling at you from above. God bless you and your frog princess.
    Love,
    Christina

  2. Oh, just the perfect letter to write to one’s younger self! You reminded me so much of the naive girl I was at that age. And, what a gorgeous graduation photo! You are a beauty, Sili!
    Enjoy your 20th reunion; my 40th is next year. I know. I can’t quite put my head around that one . . .
    Blessings to you and the beautiful Frog Princess!
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  3. Hi, Sili! ~

    So, Did you listen to Yourself and your wonderful advice???

    You are a beautiful girl — I was shocked to learn that you are at the 20 year anniversary of your graduation already!

    Enjoy the party! I attended a high school reunion for the first time in 2010 (30 year) and it was a BLAST!

  4. I loved it!! Enjoy your reunion!!

  5. Sili,

    Thank you for sharing your letter. It’s always nice to read the advice women would give to their younger selves. Please feel free to submit your letter to my website. You may find the women in my books struggled with similar issues!

    Cheers,
    Ellyn
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