Sunday, February 16, 2014 22:06

Love-a-thon: Letter to a younger Mel.


I'm nervous and thought about not posting it.. I might take it offline after a while, but for now..

Dear young Mel,

Sometimes I want to go back and hug you, innocent, shy girl. I know it's sometimes hard for you to fit in, but please be yourself. There is no need to try to change yourself for others, you are good the way you are. Let them bully you all you want, you are better than them. I know that it would be too much to ask to stand up for yourself, so be strong. Enjoy the time you spend with the friendly people and ignore the uglies! Just remember that you are not alone. Keep reading the books you love; escape in the bookish world and feel loved by your family. Because remember:

Harry Potter, the boy who lived. Look how his so called 'family' bullies him. He is different and weird in their eyes, but one day his whole life changed. He found out that he is part of a world after all. He struggles, but he makes friends and even defeats the villain. Hermione, the cleverest witch of her age. Look how they laugh at her eagerness to learn and how they call her 'Mudblood'. She is so book wise and there are people who appreciate her for it. She may be shy and on the background, but her intelligence saves the day. Ron, 'the poor kid.' But look how he grows up in the same loving family you have. They care for him and are close. Marcel, the scared boy who shined in the end.

This is just the beginning. You will meet so many more awesome, strong characters. Your life will be filled with great books and you will fangirl and share that love with others. There will be a whole online community for you and you will make friends from all over the world! You will make real life friends too, don't worry. It might takes some time to find them, but I promise you, you will find them. 

And not to forget, some day you will step out of your comfort zone. You will forget your shyness and how afraid you are to meet new people and you will start a book club. Don't believe me? Just wait for it. The future is fantastic and bright! :)

Feel beautiful and keep being awesome. Be the (proud) bookworm you are meant to be.

Love,

your wise, strong and happy older you.

PS: You'll still love Disney and you will have the best, sweetest & prettiest boy in the world! Together with all your bookish boyfriends of course ;)

So, this was kind of personal.. Books showed me so much when I was younger. It always has been a constant love/passion in my life. There is no need to change the past, so I don't think I would have handled things differently.. Therefore some hopeful and encouraging words to the younger me.

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Mel@thedailyprophecy

Mel is a microbiology technician who is obsessed with Disney, fairytale retellings and fantasy. If she's not reading or blogging, she's either busy with gaming, hanging out with family or watching a TV show. She loves summer and bright nail polish. One of her dreams is to travel the world. She has found her Prince Charming and they are together for 7+ years.

46 comments:

  1. This is so perfect, I teared up reading it. <3

    Gah, I so get what you wrote, Mel. I've always been a reserved person and that is exactly how I felt when I first read Harry Potter and feel in love with the trio. Reading has always been my escape and I've learned to keep myself away from all the negatives I don't need in my life.

    This is going to be probably my favorite letter today. =)

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  2. Ahh no! My comment was eaten by the internet! Let's try this again:
    Your post turned out absolutely beautiful! I am so happy you were able to find your niche, a place where you can feel free to be yourself! I am so thankful to the blogging community for that very reason because I can be the huge nerd that I am without any judgement. Seriously, I just want you to know how awesome this post is and how awesome-er you are :)
    -Kate

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    1. I hate when that happens! And thank you Kate, that means a lot to me :)

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  3. Mel, I can't even begin to say how much I love this! I can relate to this so much because I've definitely felt out of place and still feel out of place sometimes. But when people weren't always there for me or weren't always able to help me, books always were. And I think that's one of the best part about reading, is that you'll always be able to turn to it for escape or even for understanding. I know a few books that have really, really hit home with their message and while I was reading them, it was just amazing for me to see these fictional characters go through similar things I was going through and just through that, I felt like they would understand me in a way that I don't think many people I know would.

    So anyway, I just wanted to say how much I love this letter and how much I relate to it. Love this! :)

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    1. Thanks Annie! I agree, books are a perfect way to find people who seem to understand you.

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  4. This is so wonderful. I feel like so many of us in this community have been there. I know I have. I used to work in a middle school and I used to see kids like me and I just wanted to tell them exactly what you just said. It gets better. That letter is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing that with everyone.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

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    1. Yes, when I see kids like me I really wish I could hug them and give them some hopeful words.

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  5. This is beautiful and touching and amazing and everything. I needed this, so thank you so much!! (: <3

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  6. You're letter was beautiful and wonderful. A lot of what you said would be what I would tell my younger self. Middle School and High School were such struggles for me and I clung to my books. But now I know things really do get better. Thank you so much for sharing!

    -NicoleLynn @ PopCrunchBoom

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    1. No problem :) I'm sorry to hear you struggled too.

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  7. Such a great letter! And I bet almost everyone in our wonderful, crazy bookish community has a similar story to yours--I know I do. Those bullies don't understand the true nature of love and individuality and can only better themselves by realizing what we already know to be true. I'm so glad to hear that you're much happier now.

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    1. Isn't it strange? We're all awesome people and most of us felt left out while growing up.

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  8. Awww, I wanna hug you too! I really hate the thought that you were ever bullied. Please don't ever stop being your most honest, real self. So happy that you are doing so great now! I am jealous that you have a book club! I need to start one of those!

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    1. Haha, well, it's just the way it is. It definitely made me stronger and it helped me to realize that there are some nasty people out there :p

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  9. Your letter is wonderful! I love it. I love how book characters can impact our lives! I also really love Disney. :D

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  10. I'm all choked up from reading your letter! I can really relate to it- especially in middle school, Harry Potter was my escape from reality. I still remember sitting in class and thinking "Don't be afraid to raise your hand just because people will make fun of you. Hermione would anyway." Thanks for sharing this!

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  11. Can I give you a big hug now? :) what a beautiful letter! Thank you for sharing it with us, it couldn't have been easy to put it all out there, for the entire world to see. You're very brave, thank you for trusting us, your bookish friends :)

    I've been bullied as a kid myself, so I know how it feels like. It's something you don't ever fully get over, part of it stays with you no matter what, but I also believe it makes you stronger and wiser in many ways. I was the tallest girl in the class and my ears were a bit too big (well, they're perfectly normal size, they just stick out more than they should :P). Now people say I am tall as a model and my ears are elfish, back then kids laughed and singled me out. Easy target I guess. It was tough.

    Anyhoo, glad your life is wonderful and happy now, that's all that matters. Disney forever! :)

    Evie @Bookish

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    1. No problem, it took some deep breaths, but I had to share it in the end. Yes, it definitely has it's impact on me. I think that's why I'm still not comfortable around new people. I always have the need to present myself better than I am, afraid that they might not like me.. Oh well :D We finally realize now how awesome we are, right!

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  12. I really just want to give you the biggest hug ever, Mel. This was a beautiful letter, and I know it probably wasn't easy to put out there. You're very brave. :)

    Currently, as a high school student, I often feel like an oddball. I'm almost out, but it doesn't make a difference. A lot of my friends don't read books, so they all think it's stupid that I read so much. Not to mention I'm just an oddball to begin with -- I think different things, things a lot of others don't. As a kid I was bullied for certain features of my body, which has definitely damaged me in high school. I guess you could say I can't wait to be away from all of that.

    I'm glad you're happier now, and your life is much better. It's all that matters! <33

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    1. Just like I say in my letter to me, things do get better :)! Just keep holding on to the awesome you and you'll be fine!

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  13. This is so, so, SO beautiful -- I felt like you were writing to my younger self too! It's hard when bookish kids get picked on. I had crazy frizzy hair, huge glasses and my nose always stuck in a book ... and consequently got picked on a lot too. But then I grew up and things got better -- I too have the sweetest, most wonderful man in my life too =)

    Thank you for being brave and posting such a personal and touching letter. I know that it's scary sometimes to bare a piece of your soul on the internet for the world to see, but it's worth it when you words really touch others in a profound way like your letter has done to me tonight. So thank you.

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    1. Exactly. When you grow up, it suddenly doesn't matter what you look like or what you do. Because even if people say something about it, you just don't care anymore :) I'm happy that I posted it in the end.

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  14. I want to go back in time and hug younger Mel. *hugs*

    This letter is beautiful Mel and I cannot imagine how hard it must have been to post it out there.

    I am also pretty sure I'd be saying the similar things to my younger self though :/ It kind of sucks that we have to have such a struggle growing up but in the end it's probably worth it. When you finally meet amazing people who understand how you feel and people who just appreciate you for who you are. You can also finally learn to appreciate yourself...
    Underdogs are the best ;)

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    1. I think younger Mel would have liked that ;) Isn't it weird how we all are amazing and got bullied at one point in our lives?

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  15. This was so sweet Mel, and I completely relate! When I was younger I was crazy shy and quiet too, and sometimes it felt like books were my only friends. I've grown so much in the last few years but before that I put myself through so much self-inflicted struggling, I wish I could've written a letter to myself and told myself all of this too!

    You're an awesome person Mel, and I'm glad you realize that! :)

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  16. Such a great post! I wish I'd known about the love-a-thon! It's always strange and difficult to look back like that. Books really got me through some hard times (and still do!) as well and the friendships that I've made through my love of books are some of the most amazing I've ever had!

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  17. Mel, this letter is incredibly beautiful. Thank you for being so open, honest and willing to share with all of us readers! I'm so happy that you've found a place where you feel free to be yourself among this crazy book community, and hope that it continues to bring you joy and new friends in the years ahead <3

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  18. Aww what a sweet, cute, and beautiful letter! I love the Harry Potter part, especially! I wish I could go back in time to tell my young self what I know now. Imagine, huh? I was SUPER shy when I was a kid like, crazily shy. It's why I loved books so much and it did help me through some bullying, too, in middle school. Kids are terrible :( But hey we're all stronger and better for it now :) I admire your honesty and I you are definitely awesome now with a rockin blog and part of the BEST community that loves ya!! :)

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    1. *blushes* I'm feeling very emotional by all the overwhelming sweetness from all the bloggers these past days!

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  19. Oh Mel, what a beautiful letter to your younger self! It's true, we all belong somewhere, we just need to find our people. Maybe you've already found yours, with us. =) I love that you're going to start a book club, it's what I've always wanted to do too! Good luck!

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  20. *HUGS* I love this letter, Mel. <3 You are amazing. My letter to my young self would not be very nice, as young me did lots and lots and lots of stupid things :\ Sniffs. So yeah. I'm not doing this, hih (A) But I loved reading your letter. And you are so so amazing for sharing. Thank you. <3

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    1. Awh, Carina. We all do stupid things in our lives!

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  21. You shy? I don't believe it hehe

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    1. Haha, it's very true though! I'm incredibly shy in real life.

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  22. Wow, I cried. I can relate to this. The whole bullying part and how being a bookworm made me a 'freak'
    My heart melted at the "and you will have the best, sweetest & prettiest boy in the world!". Really, you gave me some hope.

    P. S. I might be stalking you(r posts) xD

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  23. Mel, this is beautiful and I'm glad you didn't take it down before I had the chance to see it. I have taken down many personal posts and still have quite a few in my drafts folder that are never going to get published, so I know that urge... I'm glad that there's nothing you would've changed about the past. Regrets are terrible things. And I'm glad that you've always had books; I think many of us can relate to that. Harry and Hermione were always my heroes too. (I dislike Ron, so pfft :D but good point, you've made for him). This: "PS: You'll still love Disney and you will have the best, sweetest & prettiest boy in the world! Together with all your bookish boyfriends of course ;)" was also the most adorable thing.

    You're awesome, Mel. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Christina, I'm after all the comments very happy I decided to post it :) Haha, Ron is a cutie, but he can be very annoying too :p

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