A letter to my teenage self

Dear Me,

Your life will be full, young Missy. You manage to pack everything and more into the next couple of decades. There’ll be highs and there’ll be lows, but those lows just make the highs more exhilarating. Always remember that.

I know right now that you feel unsure about your place in the world and view life from a different vantage point to most, which can leave you feeling isolated. I want you to know that these traits, along with your free-spirited ways (and yes, the gypsy girl stays with us) are what leads you to live an exceptional life where many dreams are fulfilled, special relationships are formed and wonderful adventures will be had. So don’t suppress or hide who you are anymore, celebrate it and get set to thrive no matter what life throws at you.

At times, you’ll feel confused and let down by others actions. I know you could never imagine as a 15-year-old girl that a friend could betray you, or that someone in a position of authority could mistreat you. When this does happen, I need you to know your worth. Know that you’re an equal and that you have the right to be respected. Don’t give your power away and please speak up.

To those who taunt you, the most fascinating thing I found is that they actually want to be your friend in the future. You will learn that their words are only a reflection of their own fears and insecurities so don’t waste your energy on them. Focus on the good in your life, edit out the negative and you’ll find a way to create the life you want surrounded by your family and friends.

Now, to the sarong you have on your bedroom wall that you’ve pinned pictures of places you want to visit, your dream career, inspirational quotes, your two besties and Jon Bon Jovi. This fixture in the future will be called a Vision Board by a lady named Oprah (as always we’re ahead of our time!). I want you to know the power of this and be aware of where your energy goes because as I’m about to show you, thoughts become things.

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You do backpack through those countries. You do become a reporter, one of those besties remains your BFF today and you do get to meet Jon Bon Jovi, in fact you introduce him onto stage. As for your favourite quote, you still carry this with you today and I ask you to remember it whenever you doubt yourself.

Sing like no one is listening, love like you’ve never been hurt.

Dance like nobody is watching and live like Heaven is on earth.

Oh, and be nice to the boy you meet in a few years on the beach. I’m talking about the tall and blonde one (you’ll know when you see him) because he’ll become your husband, although it will take him many years to pluck up the courage to ask you out. I’d like to say it’s smooth sailing to get to that point but sometimes a girl has to kiss a few frogs to get to her prince. After that, we are good girl! And BTW your baby boy is just your everything.

I know you don’t feel completely comfortable in your skin right now and wish you could look and be like everyone else. But this will change. You will soon learn to love and celebrate that you’re a strong Italian-Australian girl who marches to the beat of her own drum. You will feel pride and learn to believe in yourself, your instincts and always listen to your gut. You will discover that you have all the tools necessary to live a life without limits and want to inspire all to do the same.

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You have a wonderful life ahead and so much to be grateful for, so have fun and enjoy the ride.

Love me xx

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