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An Open Letter To The Girl Who Lost Herself

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Hey Mads,

Senior year has kicked you in ways you can’t handle, hasn’t it? I’m not sure where you’re at mentally right now I don’t even think you know. Six months ago you were at your best I’ve ever seen you. You were living in what you dreamed to be this picture perfect year. Your volleyball season wasn’t going the best but the bus rides to and fro made up for every little bit of disappointment. The classes, practices, and work every single night became too overwhelming; but, those Friday night lights could not come soon enough as a distraction. Not to mention homecoming was right around the corner. Once you found out your name was on that ballot, it’s like your world turned upside right, but in a way you couldn’t even describe it. I could go on and on with a list about your first three months of senior year, but let’s talk about these past three. It almost seems too good to be true when those people say that winter is like a stage of depression. Something’s changed inside of you and I’m not sure what it is, part of the you that I knew has seemed to be lost. I want that part of you back.

With life comes changes: some that we expect and some that we don’t. You take the changes that come with it. One day you were 8 years old getting off the bus from school, throwing your backpack inside the door, snatching a lunchable from the refrigerator, and turning on those favorites shows of yours until the wee hours. Now, you’re 18 years old. You’re growing up and getting older. You’re worrying about all of those friendships that you used to have in grade school, the ones you couldn’t wait to talk to at school the next day. Today, you’re losing old friendships and forming new ones. You’re realizing that your high school life is starting to fade away from you as you rack up the days you have left. High school is starting to go by faster. Just relax Mads, because before you know it your whole senior year will have passed and you’ll be left with a feeling of regret of those things you missed out on.

Right now you’re in a state of mind that is complex to even explain. You’re in a mix of feeling so happy and confident about where your life is going. You know that your life is in good hands, you’re going to a good place and things are starting to fall into place for you, but at the same time you’re scared to fail. You’re scared to fail yourself. You feel like you’re failing people around you almost as if you can’t be the person for them that you want to be. You’re scared to fail because you have an idea of the path you want your life to go I know how badly you don’t want that to crumble. I wish I could tell you how to overcome that feeling, but it’s up to you to overcome that yourself. You have to fail at even the little things in life to prepare you for what’s yet to come, and the best is yet to come.

You deserve to live your best life without setbacks that make you lose yourself. You have to start taking each day as they come. You can’t look forward to tomorrow until you focus on today. Each day will be better than the last. You can’t give up on yourself until you give it a chance to get better. You have to stop focusing on the what if’s and what could’ve been in life you’re going to feel worse. Focus on what you have accomplished and how much you have left to give. Push through each day knowing that God is your backbone. It’s okay to live knowing you had to find yourself you weren’t put on this planet to live the perfect life. You were put on this earth to make the best of the life that you have. Frankly, at the end of the day only you know who you are, be the best version of yourself.

 

Sincerely,

The Girl Waiting for You to Thrive in Life.

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  1. Kelsey Wise on March 9th, 2018 12:55 pm

    I really love your story! i like how well you went into detail and how you wrote so well explaining your feelings through a different way. Not all things and events go as planned and you’re right about that upcoming in life.

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