Dearest fragile Kayla,
What if I told you that in ten years from now you’d be writing an award-winning blog (oh yeah, you don’t know what that is yet, but it’s basically like a magazine but people all over the world read it on their computers, you share everything you know about food, fashion, beauty and travel). You are painfully shy now, and while you duck whenever a camera comes about, that blog of yours is willingly FULL of photos of yourself.
What if I told you while you struggle to write papers now, this will change. Not only did you financially support yourself through not one, but two university degrees you graduated at the top of your class, and assisted hundreds of others in doing the same!
While you changed your mind about being a teacher you will find another path. And not to worry because I promise you will absolutely love it more than anything and it all comes together eventually. You'll have experiences you've never dreamed of, and you'll meet the most inspiring people.
What if I told you that you would be inspiring people to love themselves unconditionally for who they really are? A concept so foreign to you now I know. And you no longer wash your hair every day, and spend endless hours styling it until you get it just so? But rather the complete opposite most times you can't remember the last time you washed your hair, and yet you’ve never been happier with it.
I know you’re dealing with a lot of injuries right now, and your body feels like the enemy, but let me tell you: your body has a tremendous ability to heal, and you my dear have a tremendous ability to heal. What you think you can’t do now will someday be a distant memory.
Learning to walk all over again will give new meaning to how you see your body and how you approach hardship. Instead of seeing what’s wrong you will begin to see its beautiful purpose and functionality. You’ll look past your scars, and even at stressful times welcome them as you glideyour fingers over the bumps to remind yourself of your strength. You’ll see your body for its usefulness, practicality, and its connection to your independence. These injuries will make you sign up for dance classes, and you will never stop taking them. It’ll make you look forward instead of always looking back. It’ll remind you that you've quite literally been through hell and back, but more importantly have lived to tell the tale.
As a result, you will be empathetic like no other. It’ll remind you that now you, and everyone around you can get through anything, and there's no time for bullsh*t. Life will always throw curve balls at you; nothing has ever been handed to you, so why would it start now? Life will test your strength in ways you could never imagine, but just remember you always get to decide what you do with it, and how it impacts you.
You are strong young girl, and you will only ever get stronger.