When I was a wee adolescent, I always dreamed about putting together a time capsule. I'm not sure if I read about one, or saw it on TV, but I longed to contribute to something that would be discovered and studied in the future. I was basically already nostalgic for my past, as it was happening.
Unfortunately, my school never undertook such a venture, because it was too busy focusing on football. Which, after watching Friday Night Lights, I totally understand. (#33 FOREVS!)
But when I heard about Dear Teen Me, it seemed like a chance to finally put together that time capsule... in reverse order. See, Dear Teen Me is a collection of letters written by YA authors to their teen selves. Superstars like Sara Zarr, Leila Sales, Lauren Oliver and more give their younger selves advice on everything from avoiding a perm to living in the moment. It's a wonderful exploration of young adulthood, and even better, there are photos of all 70 contributors when they were teens. SOMEONE CALL THE ADORABLE POLICE.
In celebration of this book, we invite you to share some advice in the comments to your teenage self. It can be serious or it can be silly, but take a minute and consider a conversation with a younger version of you. (If you need inspiration, watch this video.)
I'll get things started by abandoning any shred of pride (like I had any left!) and posting this photo of my sophomore self.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, WHAT WHAT!
Dear 10th Grade Posh,
Wow, you really need to kick those jean shorts to the curb. Sure, it'll be hilarious in the future to joke about jorts, but right now, YOU AREN'T WEARING THEM IRONICALLY AND THEY JUST LOOK REALLY BAD. Also, those sandals. Yikes. Do yourself a favor and just get some plain flip flops, which will never ever go out of style (in Texas).
But let's get serious for a minute. I have to say, I'm really proud of you, because you're a nerd, and you're weird, and you're totally ok with that. Sure, you wish that your two crush objects would notice you, but listen. You don't want to date a future high school drop-out, although he will serve as the original inspiration for Mysterious Loner Dude. As for your other crush, well, he went on to win a silver medal in the Olympics so... at least you have good taste?
You keep wishing that your life was more like a movie, but honey, you're already sitting on box office gold. Keep on appreciating your eccentric Drama Club friends and your inspiring teachers and your sweet, loving parents and the fact that they bought you a car, because buying a car as an adult is A PAIN IN THE ASS. Just keep... keep enjoying it, ok? Because you're still living in a sheltered world, and you can take risks without much to lose. You don't have to pay rent, you don't have to pay for insurance, you spend your Saturdays hanging at the mall food court, and I AM JEALOUS OF YOU, OK? So soak it up, girl.
p.s. You know that L.J. Smith trilogy you got completely obsessed with last year? Well, let's just say that your love affair with YA is far from over...
Now it's your turn! Leave your letters in the comments, and check out the rest of the Dear Teen Me blog tour!