Look At The Stars, How They Shine For You

Look At The Stars, How They Shine For You

“Things change. And friends leave. Life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

You were four when you lay next to Mai, as she told you another Biblical anecdote. You were seven, when you asked your mum what ‘sex’ was. You were nine, when you decided that the Bible was just another storybook you wanted to read.

You were eleven, when they picked on you for reading Nancy Drew. You were twelve, when they excluded you out of their groups, when they discussed makeup and boys. You were fourteen, when you finally realized you would never fit in.

You have come a long way. Nearly at the cusp of adulthood you stand today, the choices you made have defined you and made you who you are.

There are a few things I would like to tell you today. Listen closely, for they are important, not because they are little nuggets of wisdom. But because they are little life stories, your, life stories.

To that four year old self, I want to say, thank you for making the best decision of your life and start reading books. Those picture books will transform into novels that will take you places, help you soar and realize your dreams.

To that seven year old little Miss Inquisitive, learn to keep that flame of curiosity alive for some more years. That will help you to appreciate all that you learn. And today, education is all you need to succeed, or at least, get on the path to success.

To that nine year old, reading will soon envelop your life – embrace it. Never mind the people who stare at you when you tell them they’re teaching you the wrong stuff. You know what’s right, stay true to it is.

To that eleven year old, know that Taylor Swift will put your feelings into words soon enough – “Haters gonna hate, hate hate.” Leave them be. They’ll come to their senses soon enough, when they need you.

To that twelve year old girl hiding alone in the classroom in the break, screw ‘em. Today, they aren’t anywhere worth mentioning. Boy-talk and makeup only took them so far.

To that fourteen year old who said to hell with conforming, even when you didn’t know that word, another excellent decision.

To my past self –

“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”

― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

To that fifteen year old girl who stood at the entrance of the best Arts College in the city, wondering if she would ever get in there, and make friends and be someone – dreams do come true. To that girl in seventh grade who decided to take Arts, everyone else’s opinions be damned, you are one beautiful human being. To that girl who bullied people because they bullied her, things do get better. You won’t even know them soon enough. They’ll be gone forever.

To the girl who hid her Nancy Drew and Famous Five novels between textbooks to read, soon, there will come a time when those who teased you mercilessly will ask for your help in editing, and then you can do what you please. But give them your help, for we must always help the less fortunate, no?

To that girl who lost two best friends and became a social pariah, that is the best time of your life, you will appreciate those you stand by you and those are your friends.

Everything changes. It might be for the better, but not for the best. But it isn’t the worst either. As the days lead to your eighteenth birthday, remember just one thing in your life – love yourself like no one ever will.

That love will take you forward. That love will keep you moving. And that love will make you a better person.

Live your life like you want to. Do what you love. Regret nothing, because at that moment, you wanted it.

And finally – just do it – be you.

Love,

Nia.

Aloha!

This is a story I wrote over at Campus Diaries, somewhere I’m also interning, for a contest. If you’d like to read it there – https://campusdiaries.com/stories/look-at-the-stars-how-they-shine-for-you

Feel free to check out my other stuff there too.

I haven’t written in a while, college and internships have been keeping me busy with YouTube and shows and books also in the mix. I’m currently reading Blood of Olympus, by Rick Riordan. Have you read the book? How did you find it? I’ll review it as soon as I’m done reading it (obviously). Add me on goodreads  – https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/36626775-nia-carnelio

I hope to write soon, share more stuff, I’ve got loads to tell you.

Have a wonderful day / night / afternoon / evening and everything else.

Until next time,

Nia.

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