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 Julia Walton, author of On The Subject Of Unmentionable Things, out later this week.
Dear High School Julia,
The bangs were a mistake but you’ll get through it.
You were swindled into taking all honors/AP math classes because you needed to “push yourself” but busting your ass just so you can say you did something is not the way to go in future, okay? Math is important, but not your strong suit. You don’t have to be good at everything.
It’s also okay that you can’t read a map to save your life because GOOGLE MAPS IS COMING and it will literally save you, um I mean us. No more printing directions and panicking because you can’t find your way home from a place you just got to. You can suck at that too. In the future nobody cares if you plug in directions for everything! NO ONE.
You will not get into your “dream school,” but good things are still going to happen to you. I know you’ll be crushed, but I promise, it will all make sense later.
Julia as a teen