2014 Dear Younger Me Campaign: Open Letter to Tiara,

DEAR TIARA….

YOU’RE IN COLLEGE NOW…YOU’RE NOT IN HIGH SCHOOL ANYMORE….WHEN YOU WERE IN GRADE SCHOOL…WITH BRACES, ACNE AND YOU WERE GETTING TEASED FOR BEING FAT… NOBODY GAVE ANY DAMN ABOUT WHETHER YOU HAD SEX OR NOT… BUT NOW… YOU HAVE THIS MAKEOVER… NOW EVERYONE WANTS TO KNOW THE LATEST NEWS…. AND REALLY IT ISN’T ANY…. YOU’RE ONLY 19… YOU’RE LEGAL.. BUT YOU’RE STILL NOT “GROWN” YOU’RE A KID… AND AS FAR AS YOU KNOW SEX IS FOR ADULTS AND NOT CHILDREN…YOU DIDN’T EVEN GET A TALK FROM YOUR MOM ABOUT SEX.. YOU NEVER GAVE HER ANY HINTS TO WONDER IF YOU DID IT OR NOT SO WHY SHOULD SHE CARE ANYWAY RIGHT??? YOU WERE PETRIFIED OF BOYS AS A CHILD…. YOU CRIED IF ONE WAS NEAR YOU OR YOU THREW SOMETHING AT THEM.

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Reminder: Get Your Dear Younger Me Letters in ASAP

Ladies, the deadline for open letters is Feb. 28th. We won’t be taking letters after that date so please get your letters sent to us. We will post any letters we receive on that date the first week of March. As we are transitioning into a new month that means our focus is shifting.

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Also, if you have participated and your letter has been posted here on our website, please email us a photo of yourself. No later than Feb. 28th as well.

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2014 Campaign: Dear Younger Me…Sign Ups

It’s funny how when you’re young you want to grow up and be 18, 21 or 25 years old? Now that I’m 27 years old going on 28 on Feb. 18th, I sit back & think man, what was I in a rush for? This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy my younger years because I did, but the thought of wanting to be in a relationship, drink, go to clubs, move out, make my own decision which goes hand in hand with paying my own bills and so forth. Like really? What were we as young girls so in a rush to do? That time that we used to go against our parents will..

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2014 Dear Younger Me Campaign: Open Letter to Cathy…

Dear Younger Me:

You’ve always been excited by life! A free spirit by nature, you just want to run out and take the biggest bite out of life that you can. You are hungry for new experiences to live and to share. I know that you have so many wonderful plans for your life and I also know that you are in a hurry to get started. But before you run off, I want to share a few things with you. Don’t do anything without taking God with you! I know that you feel His presence with you, you always have but you tend to want to go before Him and at times without Him…DON’T DO IT!!! He only wants to guide you to the best places and people for you. He longs to give you everything your heart desires, just trust Him ok.

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2014 Dear Younger Me Campaign: Open Letter to Chrisselle…

Dear 15 year old Chrisselle,

I know what you’re going through, and I know it’s hard but I’ve got some things to tell you so please just listen. Don’t lock yourself in your room and ignore me, or write in your diary that nobody gets it, because I do. I really, really do.

You think that you need to grow up already, you think that you need to have lots of friends so that you’re not lonely, you think you need to be in a relationship so that you’re not alone and you feel like you don’t fit in… anywhere, never mind your clothes. You think you need all these things just to be happy, but trust me you don’t.

All you need to be happy is self-belief, true friends, real family and determination to make your dreams come true – because believe me you can. Heck, you already HAVE. If you only knew where you’re going to be in six years then you would laugh at what your thoughts on the world are at this moment.

You’re probably thinking to yourself “Yeah, well that’s great. But I don’t have any of THAT either!” well, honey, you’re wrong. You have some of the best friends that you could ever wish for, sometimes it may not feel like that, but trust me they are. They have their own stuff going on too, but that doesn’t mean that they’re not there for you or that they don’t love the bones of you. AS for family, every family has drama but as you get older you’re going to discover who is really there for you and who isn’t, and those who stick by you are some of the best human beings on this planet.

In a few years you’re going to meet people who are going to change your life, at times it won’t feel like it’s for the best, but in the long term it is. They’re going to make you stronger, wiser and braver than you ever thought you could be. You’re going to use these qualities to change other people’s lives and I guarantee you that that will be the best feeling in the world.

You’ll find love and loss love as you grow, but those people will impact your life in ways you never thought possible. Then one day when you think that you’re fine on your own, you’re going to meet someone who you never thought could exist. He’s perfect in every single way, and he’ll become your best friend, your lover, your rock and more importantly your future.

My message to you is to stop stressing just now. Enjoy these years of your life because soon you’ll be facing all the stresses of adulthood and wishing for these problems instead. Life gets better when you start living it, so start. You’re alive but you’re not living, that’s the only change you need to make right now. Make that change and everything else will follow.

Also, I love you. Mum loves you. Dad loves you. Your siblings love you. You’re going to find out that your best friend has been beside you since you were born in the shape of your annoying big sister.

Yours Faithfully,
Chrisselle Mowatt
22 years old.
www.Chrisselle.com

P.S. Stop thinking you’re ugly, worthless and need to make changes to your looks. You’re beautiful.

2014 Dear Younger Me Campaign: Open Letter to Brittany…

Dear Younger Me,

At first I was going to warn you about what is to come, and then I realized I would only be hurting you by doing that. It would cause you to be fearful, closed-off, maybe even sheltered and I know that you are not, along with anyone else for that matter, called to live in fear. The truth is, all of the hard times in life enhance perseverance, confidence, and character… and those things are things that, unfortunately, are and may continue to be rare qualities in the world. However, those things are what will cause you, eventually, to be a light in a world filled with darkness.

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2014 Dear Younger Me Campaign: Open Letter to Juaquina

If I could write a letter to my teenage years it would probably sounds something like this:

Dear Teenage self,

Aren’t we one and the same?

You are me…I mean I was you

And yet now there is this separation between us two

We are staring at each other face to face

Same ears, same nose, same hair, same race

And yet I don’t even recognize who I’m looking at

We are two completely different people, you and I

We see two different visions of the world although we’re both looking through the same eye

Two different reactions to his actions…same guy

Our ears hear two different things, but it’s the same lie

We even speak differently

Every other thing you utter is profanity

I choose to select my words a little bit more carefully

But I dare not judge you….for you are me.

I mean, I was you!

And I understand the way your heart was abused

Not just by guys, but by family and friends your heart was seduced

Tricked to believe that that decision wouldn’t leave your heart bruised

So mistake after mistake you continue to make

Ignorance isn’t bliss if your soul the devil takes

Puts it in a jail cell and traps you before you wake

And now you’re trying to figure out what kind of pill to swallow when your soul aches

When your body is filled with depression and hate

Giving up is easy and on death you wait

You are me?

No. I was you!

You see, you live in defeat while I live in victory

You follow others down their path of destruction

I blaze trails. I’m making history.

Yeah that’s cliché, but I’m breaking free

I thought we were one in the same

But you are NOT me.

Sincerely yours,

The Twenty year old me

Juaquina Carter|  www.Abstinenceandthecity.com