A letter to a younger self - Senior pictures, Salt Lake City, UT

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I want you to remember what it felt like to be 15. Did you feel like you were on top of the world? Did you think that your best years are at hand and you should live it up? Sometimes I felt that way.

May be you wondered if you get to get by in school unnoticed and no one will pass a joke at your expense. May be you wondered what are you going to do with your life when you leave this town and if you ever get to live your dream. Sometimes I felt that way too.

Did you think you were beautiful?

I know I compared myself to others all the time. I was gifted with the younger looks for my age for which I am grateful now, however when you are 15 looking like 12 and all of your girlfriends are going on dates and you have to just watch them walk in circles around 4 streets(that’s what we did in my day and country, at least) it is discouraging to say the least.

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But now that I am on the other side of teenage years and preparing to raise my own teenage kids in a few short years I want to tell them and my younger self. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. You are intelligent, kind, caring, strong, independent and funny. In short, you are savage.

You deserve everything you wish for, deserve everything that you worked for and it came true, and things that didn’t came true right away, were worth waiting for. Oh, and things that didn’t came true at all… well, you didn’t REALLY want them.

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So go ahead, live you life, my young self in a fearless way. Make good choices, pick good mentors and role models, surround yourself with the best friends and have fun along the way. And when the day goes wrong and the life seems to hard repeat after Scarlett O’Hara: I'll think about that tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day.

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