My #DearMe Letter to My Teenage Self

I realize that the #DearMe campaign for International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8th) is for YouTube, but I thought I would bring it to the blogosphere and post a letter to my teenage self here.

Me as a Teenager

Yes, those are scissors…


Dear Teenage Leetah,

I know that you feel uncool, unpopular, and different. I know that you’re depressed and you hate your body. I know that you hide away behind your hair to avoid people and feel like puking if the teacher calls on you. But I also know that you care deeply for your friends and family. That you laugh more than you cry. And that you have big dreams.

It may be hard at times, but try to focus on the positives in your life. You may have gone through a hard break up, but look at the friends that are by your side and trying to make you feel better. You may feel different, but look at all the things you would not have experienced if you had been “normal”. (And by the way, there is no such thing as normal!)

Someday soon you will meet an amazing man whom you will marry. (Actually, you’ve already met him, you just haven’t realized it yet!) You will continue to write, and your dreams will feel closer than they ever have.

I’d wish you luck, but I know you don’t need it. Because I know your future… Mwahahaha!

Love from,

Your Future Self.


Feel free to leave a link to your #DearMe blog post or YouTube video in the comments! 😀

About the author

Leetah Begallie

Leetah is a writer and graphic designer who lives on Vancouver Island in Beautiful British Columbia. She enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband (Matt), her dog (Isla), and her three pet rats (Avi, Lily, and River).

She writes mostly fantasy but enjoys tying in other genres to her stories.


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  • Thanks. Now I’m crying and have goosebumps.

    *sniffles and grabs kleenex*

    I’m pretty sure my letter would say something like : “Your hair will always be that way: embrace it.”


  • Hi there!

    I just stopped by to check out your blog. I’ve signed up for yet another year of the A to Z Challenge and look forward to reading many, many posts next month…;~)

    Take care,

    Donna L Martin
    author of THE STORY CATCHER (Anaiah Press 2015)
    coauthor CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: ANGELS AMONG US (Simon & Schuster 2013)

    • Woo hoo for the A to Z Challenge!

      I am really excited but I still have 19 more posts to write before April! (I want to have them all finished so I can focus on exploring, reading, and commenting on other people’s posts!)

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