When I read BlissChick’s post about CityGirl Lifestyle’s Pearls of Wisdom series, I was moved to write my own Pearl.
I chose to write to the 12 year old me, because it was such a pivotal time in my life. Had crappy things already happened? Oh, yes. Definitely.
BUT I was still very innocent and trusting. And incredibly naïve despite my brother’s treatment of me.
I think I would’ve been very receptive to anyone who could have offered me some insight, love and concern, to help me feel stronger and more confident in myself.
And I think it could have made a big difference.
Of course, we don’t get a do-over, but I do think its useful to address my younger self and re-write some of the ideas I had in my mind at that time…
Read my Pearl of Wisdom to my younger self on CityGirl’s blog!
I just read your letter. I wish you could have gotten that letter when you were 12– and you could have followed the advice. But see how strong you are? Despite all the pain and side trips you are here now and you are you. That’s really pretty wonderful.
A moving and wise letter to that tender twelve year old you were, Svasti. As I wrote in my comment there, I believe a bit of your future self did reach the younger you, and you helped her/yourself to become the powerful woman you have become. I feel that *time* is very much an illusion, and our energy breaks it’s boundaries with love.
@tricia – You know what I think? I think that all of the people in the world who ‘dare’ to confront their truths, and work to break down the patterns that keep us in our suffering are strong. And I include you in that list.
@Karin – I hope so! Although, I kind of have this idea that if my younger self did receive that letter, she’d be a much stronger person much earlier in life, and perhaps wouldn’t have had to go through some of the more dangerous experiences I’ve lived through. 🙂
Such a great idea. Someone once told me that the first step to healing your adult stuff was have sympathy for the little girl…
Liara Covert said:
You always make a meaningful difference, just being you!
@RB – Sympathy is a good place to start. I spent some time a few years back viewing my life experiences through the eyes of that little girl and appologised to her. It was a wonderful thing to do because the inner little girl/boy never really goes away.
@Liara Covert – That’s so sweet of you to say!
I loved that piece, Svasti–and I left you this comment on City Girl’s blog:
Svasti–would that we could actually time travel and write a letter to ourselves when we are older–so that our younger selves could have guidance from our older, more wise selves. But then, I have always had fantasies about time travel!
I loved this letter. It was wise and very sweet at the same time.
@Melinda – wow, that would be cool too, writing to our older selves. Although I really wonder what I would’ve had to say. I think it would have been more questions and hopes for the future. Something like that. 😀
I’ve gotta get ready to head out with my husband for the Oregon State Fair, but I’ve made a note to read your letter to your 12-yr-old self this weekend for sure.
There seems to be a lot of this kind of introspection in blogs lately. Some months ago, Candy at insideCandy wrote letters to both her future self and her past self that were incandescent, beyond excellent! Search her blog under Dear Future Me and Dear Past Me.
Also, just today I read this other great post along the same topic.
Time to go see some chickens, pigs, crafts, quilts, kids on rides, and the show we have tickets to see at 8:00 pm. 🙂
@Lydia – The Fair sounds like a lot of fun. Will definitely check out the other stuff you mentioned. Say hi to the animals for me!! 😀
A true “love” letter, Svasti. I really enjoyed it. The way you handled your hurt without bitterness is quite admirable…
@earthtoholly – The point of bitterness would be?? I don’t see how that could help the 12 year old me, or the current me, to be honest…
Read it and great.
@patientanonymous – Why thankye madamoiselle! 😉