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Dear Mini-Ree. It's all good. Love, Future Ree

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dear Mini-Ree,

Greetings from 2013! Good news Ė everything turns out okay. Right now life seems pretty bleak. Most of the folks at your high school will barely graduate, much less go to college. No worries for you on that score. Just keep doing what youíre doing Ė study hard, focus on your goals, and remember youíll eventually be out from under your parentsí thumbs. Despite their restrictions, they only want whatís best for you. Plus, youíll soon be free and independent (trust me, itís not all that and a bag of chips.)

I wish youíd relax a bit and learn to enjoy life. Iíd suggest yoga as a way to ease the day-to-day stress. Yet I know you wonít listen. Stubbornness rates as one of your main characteristics and anything hippity dippity turns you off. Yet, these next three years will pass in a blink. Youíll meet some amazing people in college who will embrace your quirks and see you through the tough times. You have to learn to trust in the innate goodness of the people around you. Iíve learned that everyone has a path to follow with its own set of obstacles. An open mind and open heart will help you better navigate the world around you.

Try to embrace the idea that the opinion that matters most is your own. Living in a small town can lead you to believe that fitting in trumps being true to yourself. Thatís bullsh*t. Be who you are and say what you feel, because the people who mind donít matter and the people who matter donít mind. (Yep, I quoted Dr. Seuss. Why? B/C heís freaking awesome. Lol Ė that means laughing out loud.)

I wish I could be there to give you a huge hug and reassure you. Things may not end up exactly as you envisioned, but providence has a way of working out. I know you like surprises, so Iíve limited the particulars about exactly where youíll end up. (Small tease - think bright lights, big city.)

Much love my darling girl!
Future Ree
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