"What we do in this life, echoes in eternity."
Maximus, Gladiator
"Our creator would never have made such lovely days, and given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dear High School Self

Today twitter was boiling with the #gimmeacall hashtag. It all started as a promotion for the book Gimme A Call by Sarah Mlynowski. YA authors started tweetting their younger selves and before long, everybody was sending messages of encouragement, warning, love, etc to themselves. The premises of the book is about a 15 year old girl who gets a call from herself from the future (sheesh! I've used self a lot, haven't I?). How cool would that be?
I had a blast reading tweets from people like Neil Gaiman. His was: Dear 15-year-old-self, those comics you feel guilty for spending your barmitzvah money on each week will save your life one day.

Sarah's was: What I would tell my high school self #1: Do not kiss two boys in one day. You will get mono.

  @zieglerjennifer: Dear High School Self: At your reunion, your high school crush will admit he always liked you. So ask HIM out...

nerdgoddess Dear HS Self: everyone is just as worried about what people think of them as you are. Relax a little ...

Some of my tweets to my teenage self were:
  • Keep studying those idioms. One day, you'll write books--in English.
  • The guy you end up marrying is so much hotter (and so much more worth it) than the one who broke your heart.
  • You will feel in heaven when a 9 year old tells you you're beautiful. Because he's your son.
 What would you tell your younger self if you had a magical phone? 

Last, before I break my promise, the lovely Amparo sent me this wonderful award:

 Thank you Amparo! I pass it on to :
Tiffany Dominguez
Jaime Theler

I'll break the rules and do only five. But they're all deserving ladies.


  1. Dear high school self: The world is bigger than what you can see right now.You are thinner and more beautiful than what you think! and BTW you will get married at 20 instead of 30..but you would be happy it happen this way.

  2. Thanks so much for including me in the award! That is unexpected and so nice.

    What a fun thing to think about...what you would tell your high school self. I sure have a long list of things I wish I would have known or understood! I'll have to think about this some more.

  3. Thanks for this! Looking forward to meeting you @ the conference. (Can I practice some Spanish with you? :)

  4. Dear High School Self,
    *The winning lotto numbers for today are: ;)
    *Your boyfriend Freshman year is a LIAR.
    *Pay more attention in Algebra and less attention on how cute Mr. Thompson is....

    This was a fun post! I really love the picture in your header. That hummingbird is so adorable!

  5. Congrats on the award Yamile! =)

    I have no idea what I would tell my 15 year-old self. Maybe don't date that one guy. =)


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