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Letter To My 17 Year Old Self – Get To Yoga

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Dear Me,

Hey, it’s the 54-years old you. I know you may not want to hear from me, but I have stuff to tell you, so listen up. And pay attention, this is only Part I – next we’ll talk boys, boobs and body image. Until then…

I know it’s weird being the only person you know who leaves school early to drive to a job. Although it’s rough now thinking that everyone else is just having fun, the publishing house you’re working out will someday hang YOUR magazine from YOUR very own publishing house on their wall because they’re so proud of you.

Your hard work ethic is going to make you a lot of money and get you a lot of respect when you’re older. The best part, though, is with that money and power you’ll be able to help a lot of people. You’ll work with over thirty charities and serve on numerous charitable boards. You’ll even serve on the board of a Film Office, which will be so much fun.

People may say now that you’re hyper, but that will later be called “full of energy” – you’ll embrace being an athlete and compete in running events. You’ll be so strong you will be able to do any yoga posture you want to. So… let’s talk about yoga.

You will get to yoga because of competition water skiing. Yes, I know that no one figured out you have scoliosis. Your back pain will be the greatest gift you ever got. It’s going to help you shape a life of your dreams – no… a life beyond anything you can imagine now. An epic adventure. Yoga will be your healthiest lifelong companion.

I know it’s hard hiding behind terrible things that happened to you. You’re wearing a mask. You have become a camelion. The girl that is wearing headgear and braces and feels so much guilt and shame for almost everything will come into her beauty later in life. And the geeky, smart girl that is dumbing down will come to be proud of all of her unique feminine assets – especially her brain. That’s what ya got, kid. Time to make it work and carry on. Don’t buy into the drama and negativity and abuse that surrounds you.

You should listen to your own small, simple voice that tells you that you WILL travel the world, live at the beach and shine as a communicator. In fact, you’ll be thrilled you were in the band and symphony – and tried track, drill team and drama. You’ll quit playing small, trying to fit in.

Just so you know, you’re never going to fit in, and when you’re older, it just won’t matter anyway. Not fitting in will be the best part of being older – different will be good. You’re an original. When you’re in your computer class learning to program and code, later when the information age arrives you’ll be ahead of the curve. So, work on your writing. Hide that journal. You’ll make a career of that writing someday. You’ll be your own boss. You’ll surround yourself with exceptional people. You’ll inspire and share. You’ll live your dharma.

Namaste ~ Stephanie

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