Thursday, January 31, 2013

To My 10 Year Old Self . . . (A Writing Prompt from Mama Kat)

Mama’s Losin’ It
This week I am participating in Mama Kat's Writing Workshop. If you've never heard of her or her really fantastic blog Mama's Losin' It you should go check it out - she's absolutely hilarious and brilliant at the same time! Go here for more information on getting involved in her writing workshop.

This week's prompt was kind of difficult for me, because my childhood was kind of rough.
This is a letter to my ten year old self:
Little Jenni:

Right now things look so tough, I know. And I know that it is so hard to deal with the hurts in your heart right now. But just know that life is going to get so much better than you could ever know.

Those kids that make fun of you every day? They will one day grow up to be really good people. That thing that happens at home that you wish would just stop? It does. You think you will be alone for the rest of your life? You're not. One day you will get a wonderful husband that adores you and you will have beautiful children together. And you're a really, REALLY good mom. Your daughter is just like you and your son is amazing and funny and sweet.

Remember to keep fighting day by day. Be yourself. Keep faith in God. And remember that every moment, every mean thing that people say, every hard thing you ever go through - those are all very important things that have to happen in your life. Let them happen. Learn from them. And move on.

Remember to listen to Mommy. I know it doesn't seem like it now, but she really does know what she's talking about.  Most of the time.

Keep singing. Keep writing. These things will keep you going.

And always remember: You are FEARFULLY and WONDERFULLY made. You WILL mess up. You WILL make mistakes. That's just life. But you are always loved and you are always forgiven. 

Jesus love you, and there's nothing you can do about it.

Much love from your future self.

6 comments:

Ginny Marie said...

What a very sweet letter. It would be very encouraging for your 10 year old self to read this!

Stacey said...

Love this post! Such a sweet letter to a little you.

momstheword said...

Can you imagine if our older selves could actually visit our younger selves? Wow.

When I was raising my kids I tried to tell them the things that I would have told my younger self, and remind them that "this too shall pass" and encourage them to hang in there, etc.

Sue - The Spin Cycle said...

Oh, I love this. Don't you wish that we could actually go back and give ourselves a little pep talk? Would've totally helped me avoid an awful hair dilemma circa 1986. Sigh.

Jaya J said...

Lovely letter :)
Sometimes I wish we could go back and relive that life. I wouldn't change anything. Just want to be with some of the people who were around back then.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

A beautiful letter to yourself. Sounds like you are a fighter!