You won’t believe anything I say, but file it away for later

Dear teenage girls everywhere,

You are not clever or cute, you will not be the next Kylie Jenner nor should you aspire to be. Once you post a picture of your ass on the internet, it is there FOREVER. Even if you delete it there will always be a trail, a thread and once it’s pulled it could unravel your whole new grown up life. 

I know we spend a lot of time telling you that you are unique, but that is a lie. Just like Santa and the Tooth Fairy. We are all here with dreams in our heads, pain in our hearts, and longing in our legs. It’s true. We all feel stupid and awkward and unsure and pissed off and wish things were different or better or the way things were. We all want safety and freedom and love. What we forget to tell you is that everything you need is already inside of you. You just have to learn how to find it (Hint: it’s not on the internet. Google won’t help). In fact, stay away from the internet, it’s gross. It’s a funhouse mirror of life – there you will always be too fat or too tall or too skinny or too short. None of it is real. I promise you.

Go outside. Go to the library. Read as many books as you can. Talk to your friends with your mouth NOT your fingers. Avoid abbreviations and emojis. Be the actual voice of reason. Encourage your friends to be more honest (with themselves and those around them). Pay attention in school. Be accepting of those who are different from you. Avoid cliques. Avoid people who make you feel bad. Confront bullies. Exercise, but fuck squats, build character. Learn how to cook. Keep your room clean. Listen to music made before 2000. When your parents are hard on you, please know it’s because they love you and they are scared as hell that they’re fucking you up. Don’t keep secrets and don’t tell lies. If you do, before you know it, even you won’t be able to tell the difference.

That is all. Carry on.




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