**Five Minute Friday is an initiative set up by Lisa-Jo Baker over at Surprised by Motherhood. It has now been taken over by Kate over at Heading Home. The basic premise is to take the word Kate gives and write, non-stop for 5 minutes. Then you stop and post. Read more about it here.
To my 15-year-old self,
There is so much I wish I could tell you.
Denim will come back into fashion.
Your hair will grow curly.
You will fill out, become more curvy, stop feeling so gangly.
You will work harder at your schoolwork, and reap the rewards.
You will find out in 5 years that you have cancer. But it’s ok, you will get through it and be stronger for it.
You will love. And be loved.
… There are just so many things I wish I could tell you.
But mostly, I just want to tell you: it’s going to be ok. You will be noticed.
And you know what?
You already are.
God has you in His almighty hand, and He is holding on tight.
He will never let you go.
He has amazing plans for you.
And He loves you, exactly as you are.
I can’t tell you it is all going to be smooth and easy from here on out. It won’t be. But it will make you stronger. And suddenly, the little things that got to you will seem exactly that… little.
You will make mistakes. You will fall down, hard.
But He will be there to pick you back up and brush you down.
So care about people. But don’t care quite so much what they think of you. Because the only opinion of you that you should truly care about is His.
And He doesn’t make mistakes.
You may feel awkward, shy, lonely, desperately seeking comfort and friendship. But you are also strong, compassionate, intelligent, creative, loving, loved.
You are noticed.
So don’t give up. Look up.
Your 25-year-old self