Dear Teenage Self,
There are just two things to remember:
- This too, shall pass.
- It will get better as you get older.
You’ll get past your roller-coast emotions; you will figure out what’s really going on with family, friends and the culture. Because you’re going to meet Someone who’s going to make a huge difference in your life; His Word is going to clear your brain, you’re going to think faster and and better; you’ll find out who you are and learn to speak up for yourself — and as you do, the bullies will leave you — and you will walk in the fulfillment you’ve been longing for, for a long time.
It’s a tough walk, because you’ll have to gradually sift out the Truth from all the lies you’ve been led to believe about yourself and others.
But you know what? God has given you the ability to think clearly, not just blindly accept what has been foisted on you. He has trained you to be aware of your own feelings — they are the warning sign that something is wrong, and you’ll need to spend time figuring out what the issue is. But when you do figure it out, you’ll know what to do.
Don’t sell yourself short. God has given you a good mind, a good spirit and the faithful friends you’ve been looking for will come to you. And the fulfillment you’re desiring? No worries. He has already planned out your path; all you need to do is to walk in it.
Life will become rich, full and satisfying — just as He has promised (John 10:10). So hang in there.