Dear Grade 10 me,

Stop. Take a breath. I’m here from the future, and I came to tell you a few things.

First of all, I am so proud of you and the young woman you are becoming. You have accomplished so much and there’s so much more in store for you…and me, because my future is still barrelling ahead. Keep challenging yourself. Keep making goals and please don’t get frustrated when you don’t achieve it at first. These things take time, believe me. Sometimes your attempts are simply stepping stones to achieve something different and better.

I know you think it’s silly to cry yourself to sleep, but don’t write it off as if it’s nothing. Don’t give up on the fight to find better friends. It does get better…it gets so much better. You will find better friends and you will have fantastic conversations about morality and faith like you want. I myself am excited with where these friendships are going.

And please don’t stress out. I know that seems like terrible advice, and maybe it is, but this too shall pass. I’ve been hearing a lot of grade 10s freaking out about getting jobs and finishing homework and looking into universities. Please enjoy these years and don’t worry about the future. Leave that to me (and believe me, I don’t have it all figured out either).

Keep adventuring, keep seeking for something deeper, keep writing your heart out. Keep pursuing God with everything you have. Don’t be afraid to do things that scare you; don’t ever make the excuse that you’re shy or quiet. Seize the day. Adventures await. God has great things in store for you.

You are loved.


4 thoughts on “Dear Grade 10 Me

  1. Danaye, this is beautifully written. I relate immensely to this, especially the line about crying yourself to sleep and having no friends. Thank you for sharing what’s on your heart. Your words have an impact. Please never stop writing. Lots of love, your bus buddy

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