Wednesday Wisdom…A Letter to My 12 Year Old Self

Dear Beth,

I know that your lifelong dream is to appear in a Broadway musical but this is your 49 year old self telling you that if you decide to give up because you don’t like rejection, it’s not going to happen for you. Beth, you’re a really good singer but you need to take some acting lessons in order to really make it in the big leagues. Plus, I know you live in Brooklyn and most kids don’t go away to sleepaway camp, but you should really tell your parents about this place called French Woods where you’d like to spend your summer performing with other kids obsessed with musicals.

I want you to know that I am really proud of you for losing a ton of weight – I know how hard it is and trust me, you will experience ups and downs on the scale your entire life. But that’s okay – you can’t go through life without pizza, chocolate or wine. The good news is I found a great substitute for peanut butter that’s only 50 calories so there’s hope for our sweet tooth after all.

As far as boys, I know you are just starting to decide who you like or who you may want to hold hands with when you go to the Nosher or the pizza place. Just know that the perfect guy is out there for you. I’m actually married to him now and we have two beautiful kids too. I’m not going to lie though – your heart is going to be broken big time and I do wish I could go back in time so I could stop you from going down the wrong path, but sadly, that decision happened and you did finally get over it.

I know you have the world at your feet right now. You love to sing, read, write and hang out with your friends. The good news is that you still love all those things now and you’ve even maintained your friendships for more than 30 years and counting. There’s nothing quite like having old friends who know all your quirks and still love and support you no matter what.

So enjoy your day at school today Beth, try out for the school play, run for class president, keep going after your dreams and don’t let anyone or anything get you down. Along your journey, you will find the perfect man to marry, you will become a mom with two great kids, have friends that bring you joy, parents who love you unconditionally and a career that continually changes as you figure out how to get back to dreaming like you were 12 again.