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A Letter to My 9th Grade Self

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Dear Young Nick,

In your freshman year of high school, you sent a letter to your future self which contained a list of people never to forget. You know what the letter said, word for word, but only because you remember. You remember because you enjoy the memory of being optimistic. As I write this letter, I feel both envious and empathetic. You’re going to spend the next four years getting the optimism kicked out of you, but hey, at least you’ve got light at the end of the tunnel.  

In your future, you’re going to be sat down and be told to think back to your happiest  memories. Your face will turn pale, your stomach will drop, and your mind will blank on what to say. You try harder and harder because all you can remember is the worst. You can describe every nightmare you’ve had, dating way back to the one with the gigantic spider. You can remember every break down you’ve had, but not your trips to Disneyland. Why don’t you remember those warm nights, when you were lucky enough hold those you love, or any time you’ve been blissfully content? You have about 10 pictures on your phone from high school that are of you. Take more pictures. If you aren’t going to remember the most precious moments of your life, you could at least photograph it all.

Honestly, I’d suggest getting into music more. Around the beginning of senior year, you’ll discover different kinds of musical experiences. Listening to music becomes a basic necessity in your life, and you become very fascinated. A while back, in our childhood, we wanted to play drums, but never got around to it. You should learn to play the drums. I personally believe that our life would have been better if we had played the drums and taken more photos.

I wrote you a poem instead of a detailed description of your life.

As you progress through life you will figure out,

that being perfect is not what it’s about.

You cannot be caught up in each brawl or bout,

for you must continue on you long journey’s route.

Even when life beats you to the ground,

Your friends and your family will still be around.

With them it is where your life purpose is found;

they’re the reason your heart continues to pound.

You’ll love every scent, every taste, every sound.

You’ll rejoice in the fact that you stuck around

And be happy that you aren’t six feet in the ground.

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