Dear High School Me

highschoolmeHey, me.  I know you’re going through some weird, rough times.  And that weirdness and roughness is going to last awhile.  I know it seems like the end of the world, but you know what?  You’re tough, and you always bounce through things.

So here’s what I’ll say.  Stick with your writing.  Keep writing, and that’ll help you through a lot of what you’re going through.  You’re going to meet a really great friend who sticks with you through the rest of high school, through college, and into adulthood.  So that’s something to look forward to, right? Boyfriends will come and go, but that friend?  They’ll stick with you through everything.

The big thing?  It’s okay to make mistakes.  I still make mistakes all the time.  You’ll make mistakes, and that’s perfectly okay.  Being perfect isn’t required or even expected.  In fact, imperfections are what make people interesting.  So don’t get all caught up in being perfect.

Your friends will come and go, too.  Try not to let it bug you.  Try to remember that you can’t make everyone happy at the same time.  I know it’s hard to remember that and having one friend angry at you really sucks, but try to keep your head up.

I know at this point you don’t know what you’re going to do in your future.  You don’t want to go to college.  You don’t think you need it.  But you know what?  That gave you the time to really start honing in on that creativity.  Don’t let anyone tell you to give up on that.  Just stick through with it.

High school isn’t an easy place, but you’re tough.  You’ll get through it, and then you’ll be on to much more fantastic opportunities.

LL Lemke is from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. She loves writing science fiction and fantasy— or anything that is character driven. She still kind of wants to be a superhero or a ninja. She has a soft spot for villains in fiction.  She also loves reading (which is one reason she's Germ's indie book reviewer). Some favorites are Neil Gaiman, Chuck Palahniuk, George RR Martin, JK Rowling... If she met any of them, she’s pretty sure she'd be completely unable to form coherent sentences. She is also a martial artist, with a 2nd degree black belt in taekwondo and currently training for her 3rd degree. She loves the martial arts almost as much as she loves writing. She enjoys incorporating the martial arts into her writing as well!  You can find her on tumblr and twitter, as well as visit her author page and blog.  Want to recommend an indie book for her to review?  Contact her at laura@germmagazine.com.

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