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To My Younger Self

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To My Younger Self

If I were to write to my sixteen-year self
And pass on sagacious advice,
The first thing I’d say is to worry much less,
For stressing out comes with a price.

And problems when young hardly count much at all – 
I would cry for a slight or a zit.
Imagine not making the cheerleader squad – 
Just the thought would get me in a snit.

Yet how could I know, at the age of sixteen,
All the heartache and sorrow in store?
Would there be any gain in alarming that girl
Who knew nothing of horror or war?

Who, oblivious, never’d encountered disease
Or the pain of decisions gone wrong?
To that knowledge, she couldn’t begin to relate – 
Such awareness just wouldn’t belong.

So to sixteen-year me, what I’d pass on is this – 
All your problems should not make you fret;
For the future is waiting and you’ll be surprised
How such worries you’ll quickly forget.

Embrace opportunities – make your mistakes
And follow the path to the truth.
I’d let my young self wallow in the mundane,
For that is the province of youth.


December 21, 2012
For David Williams' "Hello/Goodbye Contest"

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  1. Date: 1/8/2013 4:34:00 PM

    Ilene, Congratulations with your winning poem in David's awesome contest.. pd

  1. Date: 1/5/2013 9:40:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win Ilene!! Happy New Year and Good day! :)

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 3:05:00 PM

    Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 12:45:00 PM

    Congratulations! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

  1. Date: 1/1/2013 8:00:00 AM

    My hearty congratulations on your super win and great write my dear Ilene! Happy New Year, too! love/hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 5:35:00 PM

    ilene congrats on your win, loved this one...David

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 5:22:00 PM

    Way to go ilene! Happy New Year

  1. Date: 12/31/2012 2:22:00 PM

    Big congrats Ilene and yes love, worry less, and all the best for the new year xx

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 9:29:00 PM

    Ilene, stopping by with my warmest thoughts my best wishes go out to you and your family. Have yourself a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year* Always & Forever ;-) PD

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 4:28:00 PM

    Great write, Ilene. Just think if someone had given us such advice, that would be so awesome. Love it :)