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 D.A. Mucci, author of Ignatius And The Swords Of Nostaw, which came out last month.
It’s me, Dave, 55 years in the future. I’m writing you to give you some advice and talk to you about…you. First things first, if you change who you are I really would not be who I am today. And I am very happy with who I am today. But I think a little advise looking back might make your passage to me, today, a little easier.
You dance to a beat of a different drummer. Keep it up. Don’t every change that. That will allow you to explore life when others are afraid to. It sets you apart but sets you up for ridicule and being bullied. I like that you never knuckled under and compromised your principles. You were happy with who you were.
So, what advice would I give you?
That bully on the lacrosse team who always picked on you in practice. You finally took him on, and he backed down. My advice would be stand up to him earlier. He only picked on you because he sensed weakness.
D.A. Mucci as a teen