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 Kara Lee Corthron, whose new book Daughters Of Jubiliation comes out on Tuesday.
Dear 15-year-old Kara,
I know it’s tough and you feel frustrated. You were born in a small, rural town. The type of place people leave. You will be one of those people so you don’t need to worry about that (because I know you do). Most of the stuff you need to know you’ll eventually learn one way or another. Or maybe you won’t and that’s OK, too. As long as you’re breathing, there’s still time to learn. I just want to share a few observations and opinions based on many years of trial and error. I hope you think about them and remember them if/when you need them the most.
You’ve already been through a lot. I know you have trouble sleeping sometimes and you can get pretty down. Let me explain: 1) you’re suffering from depression and 2) depression isn’t the same thing as being in a crappy mood. It requires treatment and you’re not getting it right now and that’s hard. But you will and though you’ll probably struggle with this beast for the rest of your life, you’re going to figure out how to tame it and how to live with it. For now, do your best to take things less seriously. That, by the way, is a lifelong practice as I was just telling my adult self the same thing last night.
Kara as a teenager