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Letter To My 15 Year-Old Self
Dear 15 year-old Tonia Jordan,
I know this sounds strange, but I know somewhere in your silly sci-fi mind, you�re going to believe me: I�m you in 10 years. That�s right - I�m writing this at the age of 25, and I have some advice for you.
First off, I want you to realize that High School is nothing. Once you graduate, you�ll never see those people again. That group of kids who pick on you everyday because they think you�re trying to be like them: don�t even worry about them! In a few years, you�ll take their leader to court for sexual harassment, and you�ll win. There will be new administrators at school who actually believe you when you tell them about the things you�ve endured by those other kids.
Secondly, don�t fight with your sister so much. I know you get frustrated with her, but it�s only because you�re so close to one another. In the next few years, you�re going to be separated from her, and you�ll miss her like crazy. Enjoy the time you�ve got with her now.
Third, don�t blame your parents so much. They�re really trying. In a few years, you�ll realize that, yes, they did make some mistakes, but they�re only human. They love you and care about you, and that�s the most important thing. In about 10 years, your Mom will go through a kidney transplant, and your Dad will change quite a bit.
You�ll have ups and downs, as is normal with anyone living in this crazy world. You�ll meet some great people, and some not-so great ones. There will be some death, but lots of life. You�ll have additions to your family, and some beautiful nieces and nephews.
One very exciting thing: You�re going to go to college! The first in your family to go, and you�ll be quite proud of that. You�ll even start a trend in your family - your sister will go to college one year after you do, and some of your cousins will go, as well.
You�ll go through some bad jobs, but you�ll also have some fun times and meet some great new friends. You�ll finally be able to feel accepted among people. You won�t feel so alone anymore. You�re going to move to the city, too! You�ll live in a tiny apartment next to an art school, and you�ll have so much fun there.
You�ll also meet the guy of your dreams (hint, hint, you know him already!), and you�ll get married. I know - the girl who swore she�d never get married! You�ll be extremely happily married, and you�ll laugh and smile everyday.
So, look on the bright side! You have so much to look forward to. Just hang in there until high school is over.
Love, as always,
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