The letter below is part of an ongoing series featuring letters from authors to their teen selves. If you're a published author who'd like to participate in this series, we'd love to have you. Just click here and let us know you're interested. Today's guest is Charlene Thomas, author of Seton Girls, out later this week.
Dear Teen Charlene—
You did it! Future You is proud and Teen You should be, too.
I know you really meant it all those times you said you wanted to be a writer. And how much you loved the stories you were creating even back then, when you were “borrowing” Dad’s laptop to write in bed until way too late on a school night. Remember the speech you made in your public speaking class, when the topic was what are you going to do after high school? and you said “write!”
Well, you did.
But that’s not why you should be so proud.
What you know now that you didn’t know then is that the way you always thought about people was right. Holding them close and cherishing them the best way you knew how. Investing in friendships that would last, and last, and last.
Charlene as a teen