Today’s prompt for Day 10 of the Wego Health Activist Writer’s Challenge is, “Dear 16-year-old-me. Write a letter to yourself at age 16. What would you tell yourself? What would you make your younger self aware of?”
When I was a kid growing up, I always heard my mother and her sisters joking around saying that they wished they were 19 years old again and knew what they knew today. Looking back, there are definitely a bunch of things that I would do differently if I had them to do over again, but if I hadn’t gone thru the things I did, then I would be a different person today. Whether it was good or bad, everything that I have been thru has helped form me into the person I am today.
I think that if there is one thing that I wish that I had learned sooner in life was to have more confidence in myself. In one way, it is ironic that because of neuropathy I am using a walker and feel more confident about who I am than when I was able to run 10 miles a day.
I had a couple interviews for a position as comptroller of a temp agency once. I was practically guaranteed the job depending on the outcome of a test that I had to take. They wanted to make sure that I was a good fit for the company. Instead of calling and offering me the job, they put their ad back in the paper. A couple weeks later, they called and offered me the job – I guess they didn’t get any better candidates for the position. I was told that the test came back that I was intelligent, a hard worker and very detailed and accurate in my work. But what they were concerned about was that I needed to be told that I was doing a good job. I needed that pat on the back telling me everything was going OK.
My letter to my 16 year old self would be very simple:
Dear 16 year old Kelly,
Be confident in yourself. You know that you are going to do a good job and do the best that you can do with everything. You don’t need other people’s approval or pats on the back telling you that.
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