As summer draws to a close I wanted to finish the Dear Adult Me summer series with some submissions from writers who are just embarking on their adolescence.
The following is a collection of Letters written by 12 year old students to their Adult Selves, gathered by THL reader and contributor Amber Saferight. Amber is a teacher who writes a fabulous Blog called Class Bookworm. Be sure to check it out! Thanks very much to Amber for facilitating the writing of such fantastic Letters.
Although the first Letter is my personal favourite (left unsigned by a mystery student! How intriguing…), all the Letters are wonderful and give a glimpse of what we might have thought life would be like, as we marched unaware toward our hopelessly awkward adolescent fate. Hope you enjoy!
Dear future me,
I’ve hoped for the future that I will be a doctor, married, have kids, and have a house. Have I accomplished any of this stuff? Who am I married to? Also in the future I hope to be fun and not a boring strict adult. Am I like that?
I hope to do all this by like my mid 20s. When you hit 30 you’re kind of considered “old.” I hope to marry an Asian ’cause Asians are amazing. I hope I have a happy life.
Dear Adult Self,
Well right now I’m twelve years old. When I grow up I would like to be a NBA player or a teacher. I want to have a family when I’m grown up. I hope I go to a good college and finish. I’m hoping that when I’m older that I have many things accomplished and a lot of people, including me, are proud of what I’ve made in life.
Some advice I think I should give my older self is to stay out of trouble. I’m going to keep myself onthe right path. I should get a good career and have a wonderful family. I should always keep my head held high through the good and bad times. I will never give up on life.
Skyler T. (12 year old girl, shy basketball player.)
Dear Older Self,
Hello. I am your younger self. I’m reminding you to follow these instructions: go to college and get a masters degree and diploma from high school. Try to get a job as a biologist and a cook, and try to get a hot girlfriend. Always keep your head up and swim a lot.
Don’t skip college. Do not make bad grades. Do not be a doctor. Do not not get a date. I wish you good luck.
Alex M. (12 year old boy, likes science, cooking, and reading.)
Hi. I would like to tell you that you should always try hard in school and aim for your goals. Even when it seems like school is boring and grades aren’t important, they really are. And when you make a bad grade, try everything you can to bring it up. By getting bad grades, you may not get the job you want. Even when you feel like not trying in school, try to get through the day and think how things will effect you in the future.
Also try to keep a positive attitude and not worry so much about things. Think about what you do before you do it, think how it will effect the future. Try hard at everything you do. Always do your best at everything you do.
Paiton (12 year old girl, enjoys laughing with friends)
Dear Adult Me,
Whenever I get older I want to have a good job! Mt mom says I should be a masseuse because I give her massages all the time and she loves it. I love to do hair. I do my sister’s hair sometimes for school. I also like to play with my mom’s hair but she won’t let me fix it for work.
When I get older since I will hopefully have a job I want to have a big house so all my family can live with me. I love my family and like to see them. I also won’t have any kids, but might adopt a girl. I can’t wait to see how I change over the years and see what I look like when I get older. I hope I keep my brown hair and hope it stays wavy.
Megan R. (12 year old softball player)
Dear Future Nathan,
What is the future like? Is there a cure for cancer? Did I ever make it to the police academy? Was there another war that effects our country, like WW2? Was there new technology invented like a flying car? Or teleporting? Also how old am I when I sign up for the police force? Also what is the economy like? Has it gotten better or worse?
Nathan W. (12 year old, enjoys making jokes and video games.)
Hey myself I want to be a doctor when I grow up. If I get smarter. You get good money for that. I might get good working hours. I think it will be fun. I hope I’ve got good hair. I hope I look good too. Be rich too. But even more have a good life. Even more, be a nice person.
Skyler H. (12 year old boy, likes baseball)
Dear Adult Self,
I want to be either a video game maker, a lawyer, or a chef. If you become a lawyer, I would like you to get a Ferrari for you and your husband, and an Explorer to go on trips with your family. If you have a boy I would like to name him Jacob. If it’s a girl I would like her to be named Elianna. After our best friend Elianna.
I would still like to live in east Tennessee. Because I would like our children to live in the beautiful countryside of Tennessee. I would like to live in a fairly large house with a large backyard. Well that is it future me. Please think about it and take your time.
The 12 year old Amanda
Dear Adult Self.
I want to be a ped dr when I grow up. I want to always be with my family and friends. If I have kids I would want them to play sports like basketball, football, and softball/baseball. I would hope that I would still be in church and act like a Christian should act. I hope that I am still singing too!
I think I will still have blonde hair. I will probably be around 5’3”. I would look like a Christian should look. I hope when people look at me they could tell I am a good Christian. I hope I will always have a positive attitude.
(Open when age 15!)
Dear Adult me,
Make sure you graduate. Make good grades when you are in high school. Try to be yourself as much as possible. Do as much as possible. You can’t be lazy and do all shortcuts.
Be a vet when you get to college. Do what your boss said to do all the time. Love the job and marry anyone that wants to work. Help with your mom, dad, and your family as much as possible.
Dear Future Self,
I want to be a pro baseball player. It is not very easy to do. I will have to set fourth effort and stick with it. Practice every chance you get to be better.
I also want to not be greedy. I think that in the future I need to help people in need. You need to donate money to the homeless. That will make me respected. That’s all I have to say.