Dear child Krista,
You are so motivated. In fact, you are so driven, that you often miss recess because you are still copying your essay perfectly before you turn it into the teacher. You take three times as long as everyone else because your sloppy copy has to be perfect, too.
Don’t worry. That will change, somewhat. Although, when you are 25, you will still be putting a lot of pressure on yourself. Think about that. You could stop the cycle now!
Your life is going to turn out completely different than what you expect. You know how you have lived in the same house your whole life? Well, when you get older, you are going to live in three different states in the span of 6 years and after that, another country.
You are a free spirit at heart, although you never forget where you came from. One day, I think you will want to settle down- but you have to see the world first. Or at least, some of it.
You love meeting new people and every relationship you create is very precious to you. You take people’s hearts and feelings very seriously. As seriously as you take your own. Too seriously, sometimes. People’s hearts will break and they will get hurt. So, will you. But you don’t always have to be the one to pick up the pieces. Things will work out and God and time are much better healers than you are.
You can’t be everything to everyone. Accept that some people come into your life for a short time, to teach you something or to help you get somewhere. If you don’t maintain every relationship, it doesn’t make you a bad person or a bad friend. You have the gift of connectedness and growing apart or moving away doesn’t break the connection. It will always be there, because at some point in life, you meant something to each other and you did something for each other during that season.
Seasons change. And so will you. Change is not bad. Learn to deal with it as soon as possible, because many seasons of change are headed your way. More than you can imagine, now. Learn to cope. Memorize scripture. Try yoga. Pray without ceasing.
Learn to stand up for yourself. Its okay to say no. Its okay to speak your mind. Do it lovingly. Don’t back down based on reactions. Other people don’t control your time or actions. You do. Its your life and you have given it to Christ, not to the world.
Stay strong in your faith, and don’t let anyone put you down for it. Its who you are.
You are beautiful just the way you are. If anyone tells you differently, they are lying and they can’t see the beauty in themselves.
Hold on to your P. Your ability to perceive what is in people’s hearts despite their circumstances or actions is a beautiful gift. Time and age will make you grow cynical and more judgmental. Fight it, as best you can. People need you to see the best in them, because often they can’t see it themselves.
Don’t compromise. You hold yourself to a higher standard and those around you, as well. Only because you can see their potential and yours and don’t want to settle for anything less. Don’t settle. Don’t compromise. The messages you will receive in this world will be confusing and sometimes hurtful. Just because something is hard, doesn’t mean you should compromise who you are and what you believe. Being creative and emotional and free-spirited is something the world needs as much as someone who is logical and analytical.
And finally, you love to try new things. Don’t ever stop. You learn about yourself, about the world, and most importantly about God, when you expand your mind and horizons. No dream is too big or too small. Once you accomplish one dream, move on to the next. When you look back on your life, you will be happy when it is a string of dreams that have been realized. Never ever stop dreaming.
Your adult self