A Letter to My High School Self

Hey You!

This letter isn’t about the major stuff, but the little things. You need to experience the big stuff without my interference.

Keep writing! And reading! All the quiet time after homework, use it to read and write more. Trust me, if you get out of the habit, it’s hard to get back into it. Even while you’re working on your college degrees, make time to write.

Oh! And all those times you wanted to go write in a coffee shop, GO DO IT! Just do it!

A litter bit of money advice: borrow the books from the library. The library is free! I know those Barnes and Noble 15-20% off coupons we get each week are awesome, but that’s also money you don’t need to spend. I’m divided on the notebook situation. I’d like to say don’t bother, but we know how much we both love notebooks.

Oh! Another reading point. You know how we like researching and learning as much as possible? Don’t lose that either. July 15, 2015, you’ll meet a student that will remind you of how you are now. Wow, these pronouns are screwing me up!

I know it seems like everything I’ve put in this letter isn’t important. Trust me, sweetie, this is the important stuff.

See you in the mirror in 12 years!

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lindsay
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 09:24:51

    I teach high school, and I’m always trying to talk about how I wish they would understand this or that and when they look back on these years, they will wish the same things. They listen but secretly think I have no idea what I’m talking about – haha, I was the same way though. You can only really understand after you have grown up.


    • caendicott
      Sep 18, 2015 @ 09:32:17

      Exactly! I thought I’d have all the time in the world to pursue my passions! NOPE! Stupid thing called life and work get in the way!


  2. Trish at View from the Birdhouse
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 10:28:40

    Love this post! Yay for the library encouragement too. Writing and reading are so important – important skills and also a way to make life happier.


    • caendicott
      Sep 18, 2015 @ 11:14:15

      I saw an article on Yahoo the other day that stated how reading for just 6 minutes a day can lower stress.


  3. Liz
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 11:06:31

    This is great! I’m LOLing at the B&N comment.. I spent SO much money on books! Now I live for the library 🙂


  4. wendie
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 11:23:30

    The Barnes and Noble comment made me laugh! I definitely should say this to my high school self along with ALOT of other things! haha….


    • caendicott
      Sep 18, 2015 @ 11:24:29

      Based on the comments I’m getting, I’m glad I’m not the only one who had a B&N addiction in high school.


  5. Laurie
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 11:53:57

    Ah yes! Love this post. I often reflect on the fact that if I could give my past self advice on what I know now, how different of a person I may be. ❤

    Thanks for the reminder to never stop learning & growing.


    • caendicott
      Sep 18, 2015 @ 12:09:16

      Thanks! This is first one that’s been rolling around in my head, and I finally decided to write it.


  6. Christine
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 13:15:01

    Love this post. Especially when you meet people who remind you of your younger self. You just want to put them under your wing and guide them, but the thing about being younger is that they know better…you thought you knew better..


    • caendicott
      Sep 18, 2015 @ 13:32:22

      The thing is, though, I feel like I could have told this student what I was thinking, but I didn’t want to come off weird because this was the first time I’d seen her in my library. Didn’t want to become the creepy librarian.


  7. Emily McDonough
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 15:50:47

    Oh the things I would say to myself. This definitely got me thinking!


  8. chelsea
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 17:04:13

    I think it is so important to be writing letters to ourselves. Love it 😉


  9. Rianna, Bohemian Wanderlust
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 21:17:19

    Really lovely post, I wish I could have told my highschool self SO many things!! ❤


    • caendicott
      Sep 21, 2015 @ 07:42:36

      I’ve got another one drafted. It’s also to my younger self, but post high school up until a month ago.


  10. Keating
    Sep 18, 2015 @ 22:35:23

    Great letter! I love when bloggers write letters to their younger selves. I’ve had one in draft mode for a few months now and still have yet to complete it. I’ll have to get it posted soon! 🙂


  11. Monika Celly
    Sep 30, 2015 @ 15:41:52

    You are doing a great job by journaling your thoughts. Great piece of writing!


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