To All The Girls I’ve Been Before

As I’m sure most of you have heard, Netflix recently put out a new romantic comedy called “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” about a girl who wrote letters to every boy she has ever had a crush on. Well this weekend, I sat on my best friend’s couch, watching that movie looking out over this gorgeous view of the Miami shoreline. Sitting there, it struck me how different my life is now than how I predicted it, how much I have grown over the last few years. So, I thought I’d write a letter to every girl I was before. (After all, love letters to yourself are always more fun.) To the person I was at 15, 17, and now 20. And to any young girl reading this that is in one of those stages, or even in between, I hope you find comfort in this. In knowing that you will look back years from now and it will all make sense. You will be so happy.

So, to the girl I was at fifteen. Looking back at you is probably the hardest. You were so unsure of who you were and even who you wanted to be. This led to quite a few tears, plenty of arguments and just a couple uncomfortable boy situations. (Seriously though, if only you knew how insignificant these boys are. Eat some ice cream and get over it.) But I get it. I understand that you spent so long trying to prove how confident you were. I know that every lash out at your parents and friends was because of your own insecurity. But they don’t. One day you’ll learn how to tell them.



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