Learning To Love You More




Assignment #53
Give advice to yourself in the past.

Woodland Hills, California USA



Advice to Tracey, age 8:
1. No matter what the teacher thinks, you are smart and you will learn to read.
Advice to Tracey, age 11:
2. Tell mom what her boyfriend tried to talk you into, secrets only hurt people and in a few months she'll dump him anyway.
Advice to Tracey, age 13:
3. Get used to the fact that your mom is married to someone you don't like. He's going to be around for a long time. He'll yell a lot, but don't let him make you afraid. That kind of fear can ripple though your life in ways you can't imagine. Besides when your mom gets sick, he'll be a stand up guy and take care of her. He's not as bad as you think he is.
Advice to Tracey, age 14:
4. Don't spend the entire school year being afraid of Carol, on the last day of school, just before she graduates and you'll never see her again, she will walk home with you. You'll find out that she hardly knew you even existed. That was a huge waste of your time and energy!
Advice to Tracey, ages 14-19
5. You need to learn how to manage the attention your figure is creating. If you don't you'll have a weight problem your whole life.
Advice to Tracey, age 20
6. Do not, for any reason, drop out of college; you will end up regretting it. The job and man you think are more important than anything else in the world will end up a memory. Don't settle for a Tom, you know that you are too young to get married. The day you get married you will know that this is wrong and you'll say "I do" anyway. Don't do it!
Advice to Tracey, age 28
7. Today you found out about him and her, this is not a soap opera, it's your real life. You handled the situation really well, but you learned a dangerous coping tool. If you continue to not stand up and call a spade a spade you'll walk away from every fight. Believe me, that is worse than fighting a loosing battle. Trust your self, he may have taken a lot from you, don't toss in your ability to trust as a bonus. Besides he has never understood you so who cares about his opinion anyway.
Advice to Tracey, age 30
8. Don't quit school again; your son will be OK in school even if you go back to college. You are going to have to work hard to get him through every school year, accept that and continue your education.
Advice to Tracey, age 39
9. You never dreamt that you would find love in a country bar. He's a good guy and he's going to put up with all of your quirks, even the trust issue. You can trust him, in fact in a few short years you'll move in with him. It's going to be challenging, but it is the right thing to do. He has a good heart and he loves you a lot.
Advice to Tracey, age 41
10. See I told you you'd go back to school and now you are almost ready to transfer to a university. Follow your dreams.