10 years old is the wonderful awkward age when we have silly crushes, strange breasts on little girl bodies, and the desire to be grownup girls, yet still secretly long to play with the little girls who run around and can color whenever they want to.
If I could through time like Marty McFly (oh, and do it with the awesome style in the Back to the Future trilogy) or have that strange magic mailbox from The Lake House, I would find that little Jillian at age ten and set her straight on a few things.
1. Just because you love ballet, doesn’t mean you need to put yourself in those classes.
You love to dance and you are good at it. Hormones can make girls a bunch of mean brats. It’s not because you lack talent, but you are bigger and those little costumes look ridiculous on you! Stop forcing yourself into situations that make you wear something embarrassing.
Squeezing your big girl body, that is growing taller every day, into costumes for girls shorter than 4 feet and weighing less than 100 pounds – well, that’s simply crazy. In a few years, you’ll realize how silly you look and remember how uncomfortable those clothes made you.
2. Stop hoarding shoes.
You are really way too young for heels! You love to wear high heels, boots, and strappy sandals. At the end of the year, you’ll have a fight with your mom about those strappy sandals. She’ll throw a shoe at you, and you’ll have to walk to school. You’ll get more than twenty blisters that will take months to heal, but leave scars that last for the rest of your life.
Save yourself the blister-shaped scars by putting down the shoes. Beside you can’t wear them when you pray. Don’t understand what I mean by that? Well, here goes:
3. You are going to be a Muslim.
It’s okay not believe everything you were taught in Catechism school, because you will never confirm your Catholic faith. In 12 years, you’ll become a Muslim.
What? I know, totally shocking, but think about it. Does holy communion ever really make sense to you? Haven’t you questioned the trinity for years? Don’t you always ask the nuns why you cannot wear a habit?
Over the next few years some scary stuff will happen: 9/11, 7/7, and hundreds of more terrorist attacks that use religion against society. These things will change the world you know, but expose you to other religions and cultures that you want to explore. This journey will lead you to amazing places. You’ll take the first step soon by taking a break from church and read Are you there God? It’s Me, Margaret.
4. You’ll work for the President of the United States, and the United Nations.
Remember when you were 7 years old, and saw Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s huge smile as you cheered and marched for public kindergarten? Your love for politics is going to keep growing. In the winter of 1999, you asked presidential hopeful Al Gore, “If elected, would you pick a female running mate?” and he responded, “No, now is probably not the right time.” That moment put a spark to your political adoration that has been growing ever since.
Trust me, you’ll one day work on the 2008 and the 2012 campaigns for the first African American President, helping change history forever. Yes, not another old white man. Sorry, you will have to wait two more election cycles before this happens.
The campaign work will be so inspiring that you’ll write about your experiences and get positions at the United Nations. By the time you’re 25, you’ll be blogging for the United Nations – and it’s going to be amazing.
5. You will always love your childhood toys.
You’ve packed away your Barbie dolls, you donated your stuff animals, and gave friend your neighbor your My Little Pony collection. I know you think you’re so grown up. Ten years old – it’s all over now.
Stop this foolishness. This love of make believe will help you get into college. Yes, this sounds crazy, but in a few years you’ll take acting classes and perform in local commercials. Oddly, this will teach you that you don’t need to be the center of attention. Your love of dressing up dolls and putting makeup on them helps you learn to make people look like zombies, burn victims, bloody or beaten, so you’ll have the chance to help assist make-up artists on movies.
Keep your toys, you’ll want them! Besides, My Little Pony will soon be trendy again, but turn into a fascinatingly weird subculture called Bronies.
6. Being yourself 100% of the time is worth it, even if it doesn’t feel that way right now.
Ugh! I know you’d probably roll your eyes at me, as I am being way too sentimental, but seriously, love yourself!
The more you share your personality with the world, the more confident you’ll be, and the less BS you’ll take. Stop caring so much about what other people think. Dr. Phil, who is still on the Oprah Show your mom watches, said, “My father used to say, ‘You would worry less about what people think of you if you knew how little they did. ‘”
Like you heard being said in reruns of Saved by the Bell, “You rock, stay awesome.”