Middle school finalist
8th grade at McConnell Middle School
You will be more then your crows feet and the wrinkles that adorn your sun bronzed face. Embrace this new era in your life with as much vigor and strength as you did in your youth. You are an earth angel and the spirituality and mindfulness that will illuminate from your eyes, will light up every room that you walk in. A wise word will be evident in every word you will speak, it will be proof in the grayness of your head; Loreal will have no place in your life...you shall love every strand of your silver hue. While some try and turn back the hand of time with face lifts and tucks and tugs and peels that they cannot pronounce, you will be defying age by drinking from the fountain of youth...the full glass of creating, discovering, and volunteering to help those other then yourself. I like the idea of throwing my cane to the wind, the way some folks throw caution. You will look forward to being that hard place for someone to lean upon for support and lending your heart for that soft place for your grandchildren and support of the young or the young at heart.
7th grade at Woodward Academy
Dear future self,
Do you remember to smile at yourself everyday and to tell yourself that you're beautiful and that you matter? Do you accept yourself? I hope you do and teach others to do the same. Our generation has grown up with people telling us who we have to be, how we need to look, and act. Is that what we really want to teach our kids? To tell them that they have to change their body to match others. Do we really want that for them? Ask yourself would you rather have everyone focused on creating a new brand of makeup or working on curing cancer? You may or may not like how tall you are, what you look like, or your characteristics but at some point everyone dislikes something about their body. It takes patience to learn to look yourself in the mirror, in your eyes, and say to yourself that you're beautiful, you're kind, smart, funny, and you're special. Many people don't learn till their older or plainly don't learn. This generation is different, we don't care about brands or someone's race. We care about friendship, trust, and kindness. Isn't that what beauty really is? Why is it so hard to learn to trust yourself? There is a barrier that meets you halfway through the process, it leads you to the wrong or right path. It will be hard to cross but once you break that wall down you're able to see who you really are. I can't wait to see who you become and what you do with your life. You have the potential to change the world. Just remember you have to learn to tuck yourself in at night before you can let others.
8th grade at Woodward Academy
Dear Future self,
I'm past you. Right now I'm a 13 in the 8th grade. I see all these girls who are tall, skinny, and beautiful but I'm realizing this before it is too late, body image is not everything. It is not worth just changing yourself for a guy who just likes you for your outside. A boy who just cares about how you look is not worth it. As I'm write this,I have yet applied that to myself. It's better said then done. I often sit and criticize myself in the mirror ask "Why doesn't he like me?" "I'm too fat." Who cares what he thinks! It's all about you. Even he doesn't like you for you body, then you don't need to be with him. If you feel like you're not worth it, that is a lie because you are. You are beautiful and every single way, to your hair and face to your feet. Also, to be pretty, you, first have to be pretty inside. There are girls these days cutting themselves, starving themselves, becoming bulimic just for a little boy. It seems so wonderful and glamorous but its not. They could die just because of someone called them fat or ugly. Changing your body is not going to change your face. If you feel fat, rock your beautiful body because you are the only one who can change (without harming your body). What changed me is my self-confidence and self-appreciation (self-importance). It does not matter to me,what people think of me, it matter what I think. If a boy does not like me, so be it. It will just be like that. I'm unique and that is how it going to be.