This assignment, worth four stars toward my weekly total of eight, was a bit more personal than I thought. That’s because this particular task involved the creation of a “letter,” in either audio or visual form, to our sixteen-year-old selves.
This could really be a video or audio. But write a letter to your 16 year old self. Talk about anything you want. (I.E: Don’t cut your hair, you will look crazy. Or, don’t stress out about college, you will get it!) Just talk about things that you wish the 16 year old version of you knew back then.
Since I didn’t have a lot of time on my hands, and I didn’t want to risk getting the “self-consciousness blues” again, I decided to make another slideshow. Timing everything to a recently-downloaded MP3 of the Killers’ anthem from 2006, “When You Were Young,” to tie back to when I was sixteen, I essentially told my past self not to worry too much about things he was going to get, anyway – not because his parents loved him, in that they did, but because he was intelligent enough, and paid attention enough, to know what needed to be done, and when to do it. I’m not even joking when I say that: I spent my senior year in high school trying to get good-enough grades not to graduate, but simply to get my letter, as in those letterman jackets all the stereotypical jocks wear in high school teen movies; I got what I wanted, the week of my graduation. I even used some public domain photos, available on Bing Images, of the Germanna Community College campus, and a previously-used photo of the entrance sign to the University of Mary Washington, since they were the only photos I had that were digital.
Sadly, even now, I think I have more doubts in my mind than anything remotely resembling confidence, but these letters are a good source of therapy for those who need it. Thankfully, I had enough time to get my points across, and complete a Daily Create challenge, on top of it. While I take my rest, having earned nine stars when I was only asked for eight this week, allow me to remind you that the video of my letter to my past self is available for viewing, on YouTube.