Kendall circa 2012

Dear 12-year-old me,

There are many, many things that I would love to say to you. However, I’m going to keep it simple and straight to the point. The most important thing I want you to remember is to just be yourself. I know you’ve heard this a thousand times before, but seriously. Things are going to go a lot easier for you if you don’t worry about what other people think!

I know growing up seems really scary right now. I also know that 12 is a pretty terrible age. You feel like you’re too old for “little kid” stuff, but none of the older kids will take you seriously. It’s kind of the worst. But you’ll get through it! Enjoy being 12 before all that adult stuff catches up with you.

The future is gonna be better than you thought it would be. Yes, there will be rough patches, but you’ll always come out stronger in the end. Don’t worry about trying to get everything right, whether it be school or relationships or work. Life is a journey, you don’t need to know everything at the beginning. So don’t worry about always getting perfect grades on everything and don’t feel like you always need to be the smartest.

Through the years, a lot of stuff is going to happen. You’re going to lose some friends, but you’ll also make some really great ones! Things aren’t going to go the way you are planning right now, but that’s okay. There’s fun in the surprises! So don’t take things too seriously, and hold the people you love close. Make the most of each moment and enjoy being 12 while it lasts!

Love, Kendall

This letter was a response to the “A Letter To You As A Child” assignment. This was an interesting assignment to do, since it made me reflect a lot on my years growing up. I picked 12 specifically because that was a time in my life when I was very unsure about a lot of things. I decided to write a quick letter of encouragement, because that is something my 12-year-old self would have really appreciated. This assignment made me miss the carefree days when I was twelve, but it also made me really appreciate where I am in my life right now.