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Letters From Our Future Selves MAG
Dear Associate Dean,
I don’t believe I deserve this detention. I don’t do drugs or skip class. Just because I eat lunch with the “bad eggs” does not mean that I am one. If you stereotype me then I begin to stereotype myself. Before long, I will deserve detention.
Future Fast-Food Employee
Dear Police Officer,
Please give me a ticket for speeding. I was going 12 over the limit in a school zone. Just because I’m a pretty girl doesn’t mean I am above the law. I have received six warnings already, and I’m starting to believe I can do no wrong. It is good for me to get in trouble. You aren’t doing me any favors by letting me off. Soon I will believe I am invincible.
Future Drunk Driver
Dear Gym Teacher,
Please don’t just stand around while I am always picked last. I know you see me. Pick our teams or require the ball to be passed to three people before a point can be scored, or make us run in circles so nobody knows I’m the slowest. Just do something! I am starting to hate exercise. If you think I’m bad at athletics, I will start to believe it too. The time I spend exercising is dwindling fast. Help me.
Sending my regards,
Future Gastric Bypass Patient
Please stop praising me for being a jock. I know I can throw a mean football and I bring home the hottest cheerleaders, but I am so much more. I need you to acknowledge my creative writing assignment. I need you to accept my friends who are less attractive. For once I need you to ground me for getting a D in art and not just tell me, “It’s okay – art doesn’t matter.” If you don’t treat me like more, I won’t believe I can do more.
Meathead Who Can’t Write a Letter
Please pick groups for us. I know everyone smiles when you say, “Get in groups of three,” but it’s really hurting us. I have been in the same group for eight years. If this continues I will never make new friends or step out of my comfort zone. You are responsible for us while we are in class. You expect me to act like an adult, but I am obviously not one yet. Soon, I won’t be able to do anything new, because you didn’t teach me how.
Guy Who Never Moved Out of His Parents’ House
Dear Smart Kid,
Please be my partner in class. I know you think I am just using you for answers, but I think maybe I can help you too. I know it’s not your fault you don’t like me. Come on, let’s be friends. What do you have to lose?
Stupid Kid Who Will Never Be More
Dear Future Child,
I promise I’ll be good to you. The change starts with me, and that’s exactly what I plan to do. I will do my best to raise you to have compassion and empathy for all. You will have the freedom to be who you are and not who I tell you to be. You will see others as more than just an associate dean, police officer, gym teacher, parent, teacher, or smart kid. Instead, you will know their names. That change starts with me.
Teen From the Clique Generation
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"No one can change a person, but someone can be a person's reason to change" -Spongebob Squarepants
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"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."--Marianne Williamson
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"Any one can be normal it is pure talent to be weird."
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"Be the change you want to see in the world."
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but i snap when i read this article this is amazing. This is for everybody to read .
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Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll still land among the stars.
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"Don't worry about it." -V.Z.
Great. Well wriiten and a well tjought out concept. Nice job.
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Don't try so hard to fit in, you were born to stand out
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"If you fall, get back up, Dont dwell on your negatives, look only ahead to your positives, never forget who you are, and that i love you."
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"Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication"- Leonardo DaVinci "Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are" -Markus Zusak "I'm just trying to be me... Whoever that is" Unknown
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"Be a man of Right, Never one of Might. Be a leader of the people, Never the tool of authority. Be the friend of the masses, Never the slave of wealth. Be a wise man of good, Never a cunning evil one." -Daisaku Ikeda
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"sometimes things fall apart so better things can fall together"
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People keep saying that light is important. Darkness is important too, thats when you realise the value of light.