Dear December 2014 Me,
You’re in your first semester of high school and finals are going well
But suddenly you feel as if you’re falling apart
For the first time, you’ve felt betrayal
And it’s worse than anything you know
You will learn that people aren’t always who they seem.
Dear May 2015 Me,
You’re at the end of freshman year
But suddenly your ambition strikes you full force
For the first time, you’ve known rejection
And it’s winter in your heart
You will learn that the world is harsh.
Dear January 2016 Me,
You’re on the last day of winter break
But suddenly everything comes crashing down
For the first time, you feel targeted
And it’s not your fault
You will learn that not everyone is kind.
Dear May 2016 Me,
You’re at the drama banquet again
But suddenly things are looking up
For the first time, you feel proud
And the sun is shining
You will learn that life gets better.
Dear December 2016 Me,
You’re nearing the midway point of junior year
But suddenly life grinds to a halt
For the first time, your dad gives you that expression
And you feel your heart sink
You will learn that you’re moving to Virginia.
Dear January 2017 Me,
You’re flying on a plane again
But suddenly the sky doesn’t feel so free
For the first time, you’re not sure you want to leave Nebraska
And you think of all the assignments you’re missing
You will learn that maybe it’s for the best.
Dear April 2017 Me,
You’re dancing and having the time of your life
But suddenly you remember the inevitable
For the first time, you’ve had fun at a dance
And it’s the best night of your life
You will learn that you will never be able to replace your friends.
Dear May 2017 Me,
You’re at the annual drama banquet once again
But suddenly your director is handing you flowers
For the first time, you feel the weight of what’s happening
And you try not to cry as it crushes you
You will learn that your achievements do not go unnoticed.
Dear June 2017 Me,
You’re standing in your driveway at dawn
But suddenly your best friend is hugging you
For the first time, you see her cry
And you feel your heart shatter
You learn that all good things come to an end.
Dear July 2017 Me,
You’re spending most of your nights in tears
But suddenly you feel emotions unknown
For the first time, you feel love
And you reach out for the stars
You will learn that fortune favors the bold.
Dear September 2017 Me,
You’re at your new school now
But suddenly academics aren’t important anymore
For the first time, you feel true depression
And you lock yourself in the bathroom to let it out
You will learn that life is unforgiving.
Dear December 2017 Me,
You’re visiting home on the last night of the year
But suddenly your friends are all having fun
For the first time, you sit alone in the high school parking lot
And the clock strikes twelve as the tears roll down
You will learn that the only person you can rely on is yourself.