I'm very excited to have a fellow Clean Reads author, Heather Gray, here to share her letter with her younger self. Heather is the author of the Ladies of Larkspur inspirational western romance series, including Mail Order Man, Just Dessert, and Redemption. She also writes the Regency Refuge series with titles His Saving Grace, Jackal, and Queen as well as contemporary Christian romance. You can check out her website every Wednesday for her reoccurring blogs with excerpts from different authors on Wordy Wednesdays.
Letter to My Younger Self By Heather Gray
I'm just like you, only with a little more wisdom and perspective. Not quite enough to actually be wise yet, but I'm on my way. Okay, and I have a few more pounds on me, too.
There are a couple of things you might want to know about life.
Why does this matter? Well… it might help you the next time you get a bad grade. Or, more importantly, it might give you enough perspective so you can recognize what actually constitutes a bad grade. Let's go over a few things.
Don't cry if you miss one word on a spelling test.
Don't feel like a failure if you don't get picked to be on the school-wide radio program.
Don't worry too much if you can't master the German language by the end of the fourth grade. (Especially since you only started studying it halfway through the fourth grade. In a once/week class at school. Sounds like a no-brainer, doesn't it? Oye, you were such a stubborn little thing.)
Jump double-dutch more often. It's fun.
Practice your neigh. There aren't enough little girls in the world who can imitate a horse.
Be a camera hog. Once you reach five feet in height, you'll look kind of weird diving behind furniture to avoid getting your picture taken. Those pictures never look good. In fact, they're kind of embarrassing.
That about sums it up. Life is going to deal you some crippling blows, but bowing under the weight isn't going to be an option. People will be depending on you. The stubbornness that wouldn't let you give up on German is going to come in handy. You'll find strength you didn't know you had, and you'll be ever so thankful you learned some of these lessons early enough to have properly embraced life. You'll be thankful for the kazillion laughter-filled memories when those troubling times come. You're also going to learn to cling to your faith in a spectacular way. Don't be ashamed of that. It's a sign of your strength, not of weakness.
Oh, and one more thing. You're never going to master even the rudiments of German. But it's okay. You'll learn to live with it.
You in a Few Years
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Author of the Landry's True Colors Series, the Cecily Taylor Series, the Star Series, and Dating the It Guy.