Monday, November 5, 2012

Dear Teen Me Blog Tour

 At 16 I wrote a letter to my 21 year old self. I totally forgot about it until my sister found the letter hidden in my old room this summer. I thought I would share it as part of  the Dear Teen Me Tour because in the book Authors write letters to their teen selves this is sort of the opposite it is my 16 your old idyllic self writing a letter to the present me.

Dear Emily,
Purikara in Japan (I'm the Turtle)
     How is life at 21?! Good I suppose, bet you have a job or are at least close to finishing college! Good things! I'm writing this to make sure you haven't lost yourself or forgotten your dreams at 16. Remember you can change your clothes and your major as many times as you want but you better not change yourself! Don't do anything you don't want to and do! Do what makes you happy not what pleases others!

Okay so here are some of your dreams at 16:
  • Own a high end car, Ferrari Altezza, NSX, Skyline, Silvia
  • You better have taken the Lancer out to the track!
  • Also remember that although its not really realistic I always wanted to start my own magazine and be the editor ^-^
  • You better have a good job and make a lot of money
Miho, Me, Yuki, & Blake (2006)
     Emily...that world out there is a big place and we're gonna have to deal with it! Better make your life worthwhile. Oh! And take good care of the Lancer for me you know how much she means to us. And say "Hi" to Bethany, I know she's a pain but she'll be a help in the long run, she is our only sister and we love her. Say "I love you" to Mom and Dad they love us a lot. 

     Emmy...I hope that at 21 you are proud of what you've accomplished, remember regret is useless and find your place in the grand scheme of things. It can be so easy to get caught up in useless things, try not to. Lets find our place in the stars! We rock!
♥ 16 year old Emily! We're #1

The Lancer
Reading this letter makes me smile I can't believe how completely positive and confident I was that my life would work out. I feel like as I have gotten older I've become more realistic and a little more jaded but this letter always reminds me to remain positive. My goals also give me a little bit of a chuckle, they are pretty random but not that far off from what I want now. I still want a good job (that is why I'm in Law School) and I wouldn't mind a nice car. I still love my family just as much in this letter as I do now, probably more in fact, my parents and my sister do so much for me that I don't know how I would survive without them. The only thing that is really different and that I'm sad is that I no longer have the Lancer. In 2010 I was in an accident and the car was totaled. I'm still really upset over it and know my 16 year old self is totally distraught over losing that car. 


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Dear Teen Me includes advice from over 70 YA authors (including Lauren Oliver, Ellen Hopkins, and Nancy Holder, to name a few) to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an auditorium. So pick a page, and find out which of your favorite authors had a really bad first kiss? Who found true love at 18? Who wishes he’d had more fun in high school instead of studying so hard? Some authors write diary entries, some write letters, and a few graphic novelists turn their stories into visual art. And whether you hang out with the theater kids, the band geeks, the bad boys, the loners, the class presidents, the delinquents, the jocks, or the nerds, you’ll find friends--and a lot of familiar faces--in the course of Dear Teen Me.

Author's Bio's: 
Miranda Kenneally is the author of the contemporary YA novels Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker (just published), and Things I Can't Forget (Spring 2013). Miranda is also the co-editor, with E. Kristin Anderson, of Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (Zest Books), and is co-creator of the Dear Teen Me website

E. Kristin Anderson, in addition to co-editing Dear Teen Me and co-creating its eponymous website, is a writer and poet who has been published in dozens of literary journals. She is also an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children's section.


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  1. You know, I honestly can't remember if I've ever written to myself but in the future. I think maybe possibly in elementary school or middle school perhaps?? But I'm definitely thinking of doing it now, but to myself back when I was starting off high school! :)

    Great post!!

  2. Awesome and cute letter!I've never really written a proper letter but I did attempt to do so~ SO perhaps I'll make one this year and hopefully it'll be better!:)

  3. I believe I did write to myself once when I was younger, but I moved schools, so I never actually "received" the letter from myself.

  4. I love this letter to the future. Reminds me of the effusive positivity that rings out at me when I re-read signatures from my high school yearbooks... I still see the positive side of most things, but this kind of affirmation is so beautiful. Now I want to go through my old journals from back then and see if I wrote anything remotely as forward-thinking as this! Thanks for sharing.

  5. I can't help smiling when I read your letter to yourself. I mean it does not only reminds you of your dreams when you were 16, it only brings memories back. I'm think of writing one for myself now but I don't usually write things instead I draw and after sometime when I found them hiding on my closet, books or under the bed it does not fail to give me smile... :)

  6. I've written letters to future me. In eighth grade my English class had us write letters to our senior year selves.