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Dear Teen Me,


Yes, you there.

You in the horn-rimmed glasses in your stupid millwheel hat. You knew you’d look totally dumb wearing that to a carnival party, didn’t you? And now you sit there hating the music, hating the people who dragged you there, hating your hair, your figure, your baggy tapered jeans and most of all your glasses. Yes, I know all that. I remember the whole damn evening, when they seemed to play nothing but Salt’n’Pepa, Rozalla and KLF. What did you think they’d play, Paul McCartney, or Elvis Costello? What did you expect the boys would do – would they suddenly notice you with that millwheel hat when they never noticed you before? I bet they noticed the hat, I’ll give you that. It's probably one of the things that makes them give you such a wide berth. Who’d snog someone who looks as if she’s ten? And be honest, do you really want to have someone shoving his tongue past your tonsils, the way they’re doing it all around you? Bet the mineral water you are drinking doesn’t help the coolness factor one bit. And sorry to disappoint you, but Sprite with a shot of deKuyper isn’t that cool either.

And yet I remember this too – I remember that you walked home again that night, alone, but stubborn. I salute you for that and I’m proud of you. You told yourself if nobody had ever noticed you (read: fallen madly in love with you) they didn’t deserve you. You refused to adapt, refused to be who you didn’t want to be. You didn’t break into tears when they teased you for your glasses, at least not in public. You kept liking music and books and other things nobody else liked. You kept shouting for Bayer Leverkusen although boys were scared of girls with short hair and football scarves and the girls rolled their eyes at you. You kept reading books on Ancient Rome, telling yourself to get a grip on yourself, Hannibal had a worse time. You stoically stared in front of you when the other girls giggled, remembering last night’s telephone joke when they dared a guy to phone you up to say he wanted to date you. As if that idea was so incredibly outrageous that it passed for a joke all by itself.

Let me tell you something. I know our mother has already told you this, but maybe you’ll believe it coming from me.

It gets better.

A few years from now, they’ll re-invent boot-cut jeans, and baggy t-shirts will go out of fashion. You'll suddenly look slim and sexy in boot-cut jeans and fitting t-shirts. It's just that those eighties leftovers didn't suit you. (Did they suit anyone?)

Glasses will be cool. (And until they’re horn-rimmed again, there are nice and slender ones.) And you know those things people despise you for? Fantasy, Tolkien, football, Ancient History, art?

Suddenly, those things will make you interesting.

And that other thing Mum told you – she was right with that, too. Yes, it’s tough being seventeen and looking as if you’re ten. But let me tell you, it’s great fun being thirty-seven and looking as if you’re twenty-five. And those girls who played tricks on you and called you “Fatty Dumbo” for reasons known only to themselves? You’ll see their photos on “stayfriends” or Facebook and do double-takes before you recognize them.

So, yes, of course, you’ll have questions.

Yes, you will get through school. Easily. No, Maths won’t be your strong suit, but you have English and Latin to push your marks. And you will get through University just as easily. And yes, English and Latin teachers will be high in demand in the early 2000s.

Yes, a boy will notice you eventually. He’ll do more than notice you. He’ll marry you and you’ll have two gorgeous kids. But I haven’t told you the best yet: He plays D&D and reads Fantasy.

No, Crowded House won’t be around any more. But watch out for the rise of Britpop over the next few years.

Aaaah… I’d hoped you wouldn’t ask that. No, I'm sorry. Bayer Leverkusen will not win the league in the next twenty years either. I’m awfully sorry.

But you know… there’ll be more important things in life. Seriously.
A letter to Teen me? What a great idea!

Written for this contest: [link]
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ashleyjordan Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think so many of us can relate to these types of experiences. I highly enjoyed this, saw my earlier self much like you did and I am glad to agree, it does get better and our differences make us interesting, unique and genuine. Thank you for this encouraging insight and for overcoming obstacles that, at the time, seem almost unbearable.
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lilprincessofthelion Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
Thanks for sharing this!  I've always looked young for my age... And one time a friend told me and my brother we must be Elves. :P  I've been wondering weather to peruse an interest in Latin as well.
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Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! :la:
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Momopeach32 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Confidence boost? Yes.
Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us. I've been through a very similar teenage life it seems. Thank you.
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jesusmarvelite3 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man... I don't even... gah.
This is too cool. Just... yes. Yes.
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ultimatebookworm Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh God! I read this and your teenage self is totally similar to me now!!!
This makes me feel good.
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Rain-drop Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student
This so adorable and awesome it makes me squee. It's so sweet, really. Maybe I'll try one, too!
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KupiecKorzenny Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Good idea, I think. As a teenager, I'm writing letters to future me... that will be interesting.
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Sirielle Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013   Digital Artist
Love it! Especially that I remember those times, only I almost never took a part in parties. Yes, those clothes were awful, ouch. KLF, that was not that evil, though, better than some of the present disco stuff, it at least had lyrics. I think I liked Salt'n'Pepa, got to check them at YT. '92 was for me a peak of Depeche Mode madness, which kept me for years to come, but I don't listen to them anymore. I wish I could tell myself some of the good news you can, but then again I share some of it, still. For example no one believes my age, that's cool ;) Those mums are often right, especially wise mums who do have wise daughters, only it takes time to see it :) I wish I could talk with my teenage self, but would she listen to me? Thank you for sharing your memories :thanks:
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dafna-s Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
you actually made me smile. thank you so much.
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:iconpocketali:
Pocketali Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Been there.
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Mangagirl18 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
:icondragonhugplz: Man I could see a lot of myself in that. Wonderfully written. Congrats on succeeding in life in all the ways that matter. ^^ Btw how old are your kids?
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independentstate Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
This is the best thing :D
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:iconitti:
Itti Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good for you! Go teen you. And adult you. I like this :)
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godasleep Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice but I like my entry better. lol.
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NeSempai Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This, is wonderful.
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LumenIzampel Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this~! :) This is very encouraging and inspiring~
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ladyhydranga Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love this. :)
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Olooriel Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Very true. Unfortunately the only part that didn't come true for me (although my mum kept telling me it would be so) is the one about keeping to look younger than you are - while with 25 I was taken for 14 and had to show my passport to buy beer, now with 32 I'm starting to show my age anyway, so I'm feeling kind of cheated. Or maybe I'm just looking like a 25 year old with wrinkles, don't know. But yeah, apart from that, pretty much all of this could be written to my younger self as well. Well, other than that and Bayer Leverkusen, because I woudn't have cared.
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Aofapl Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012
ok, I love you.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
^^
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LisaGorska Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
well, i suppose you received lotsa confessions in the comments already... :)

it's a great letter :) i hope it helps some teens that read it, too.
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fionalux9 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
Oh, I loved it! And it did get better! :D
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VPofFantasyland Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Wow, it's great!
I've entered the contest too, so I browsed the entries for a while and read what other people wrote.
I love this piece!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmithiorenithere:
MithiorenIthere Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
That's a great letter, indeed ^_^
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:iconkat-nicholson:
Kat-Nicholson Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Briliant! What a great idea! Sounds pretty similar to what mine would say! ;)
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xAlienor Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you. I believe I don't speak only for myself when I say that was beyond encouraging. Many have been pushed aside merely because they refused to go with the flow, a flow they didn't agree with and they wanted to have their own way.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Here's an interesting thought: If you are pushed aside from the flow, you're free to follow your own way. :)
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:iconxalienor:
xAlienor Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In the end,I've learnt it but it took quite some time.No matter. You serve as an incredible example for your admirers and I am among them. :)
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hummingbird7 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ha that was very encouraging. Thank you. I know that myself.
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ElfFriend1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Artist
Your Teen Me sounds a lot like my teen me... Maybe I'll share this one in ten years or so, assuming the guy sticks around. ;)
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math-sales Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Hey, that's great! Congrats!
I'd wish we all could send that kind of encouragement words to our own teen selves. Some of those days would be easier =)

Love your drawings!
God bless you!
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! ^^
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haius Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist
It would be hard to get close with that hat, it's true. :XD:

Teen you sounds like a smart kid, way smarter than your classmates. Elvis Costello is amazing. Ancient Rome is super fascinating. Glasses mean you never have to worry about stuff flying into your eyes, and football is fun no matter what anyone thinks.

I can't believe they actually played the fake-phone-profession-of-love trick, though. That's low, man.
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:icongold-seven:
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep. :/
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:iconaclepticmusic:
Aclepticmusic Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
I wish I could write a letter to my teen self, but I'm a teenager right now!
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Spork-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I concur!
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:iconaclepticmusic:
Aclepticmusic Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Personally though, I like to think of myself as a little bit more intelligent than other kids my age.
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:iconspork-wolf:
Spork-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm..There's moments..many..
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:iconaclepticmusic:
Aclepticmusic Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I'm sorry, but I don't understand. Would you mind enlightening me?
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:iconspork-wolf:
Spork-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I mean there's moments I feel like I'm more intelligent than most around my age. (not meant to be haughty)
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bookworm-always14 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Aint that the truth - To both of you, by the way ;)
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:iconspork-wolf:
Spork-Wolf Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lol: Oh, I may be smarter than those around me, but that does not make me more intelligent in general, now does it?
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Aclepticmusic Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Yeah, I didn't mean to be haughty either, if that was how it sounded. And thank you for clarifying for this dummy. I kind of feel horrible sometimes though, because I catch myself thinking down on a lot of other kids.
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Spork-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ono"
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peachtales Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
I miss Crowded House.
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sciartistgirl Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
this really is so me, it is hilarious!!!!
love it! :D
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thorntangle Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
All I have to say other than the fact that it is wonderful and that I love it is,

thank you.
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Sikanderart Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I really wish I had known you at 17, sounds like you would have been really interesting and quirky :)
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