Dear Gangly Girl with the Glasses and Braces,
Stop wishing you could be popular. Just stop. It will save you tons of heartache.
You have no idea how cool you really are. You are interesting, smart, caring, loving, and destined to do interesting things with your life. I know it doesn’t seem like it right now – what with bad skin, glasses, braces and hand-me-down clothes. But trust me, you turn out to be a pretty cool person.
And guess what? People like you. In fact, in college, you’ll find yourself with quite a large circle of friends. How does this happen, you ask? Because you finally figure it out. You stop wishing you could be living elsewhere and wishing you were somebody else. You start to like yourself. It starts in high school and just gets better.
Please do your older self a favor and get started on this self-esteem thing a little sooner. Also, have more fun. Don’t do anything stupid, but try to live a little. Don’t get mad at your friends when they have more fun than you just because you were afraid to take a chance. Stop worrying. Worrying is for old people.
One more thing, before I let you get back to reading Little House on the Prairie for the tenth time. Be thankful for the close family you have. Not just your relatives, but your church family, too. You might not feel this way right now, since you see these people every week and they seem like such a permanent fixture in your life, but eventually you’ll grow away from them. Cherish them while you’re still close.
Okay, I don’t want to lecture you too much because I know you’ll just go off and do your own thing. Make sure you wear sunscreen, stop drinking so much pop, and floss more often. Oh, and your suspicions are correct. You will become a crazy cat lady. Just embrace it.