#LoveMe Challenge Day 5 - My Sweet Sanity

#LoveMe Challenge Day 5

by Jennifer Wieland
#LoveMe Challenge Day 5

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#LoveMe Challenge Day 5

Today’s #LoveMe Challenge on Day 5?

A note to your past self…

Dear 17-year-old me,

I know you are a freshman in college with a bright future and you think you are on top of the world. You think you are going to be an artist and travel the world. Soon, you will learn that you are pregnant with your first child instead. His father will not be in your life for half of the pregnancy or in the child’s life except for two visits when he is one. You are going to end up hiding your pregnancy from your parents out of fear for nearly seven months. Once they find out though things get even worse. Family and people in the community will talk about you and not in a positive light. You will question yourself. Wonder if you are making the right decision.

This child is going to change your entire existence. You will lose friends. They won’t understand that you can’t go out because you are exhausted from being up with a sick, teething or fussy baby all night. They will have no concept of what it’s like trying to get a babysitter because they are young and carefree still. That you can’t go to the mall to shop because you need to buy formula and diapers with the money you have.

You will struggle! You will have to work hard to advance in the work place because A) your female and B) you dropped out of college and chose the technology field to work in. You’ll succeed though and you will advance and become a very hard worker always willing to take on more just to learn more. You will have two more out of your six children while young.

You will learn that there are many good things to come with this future life too. You’ll learn what complete and total love is the first time you see each of your children born. You will understand wanting to give someone else everything that you are and everything you have. That every milestone is like the greatest miracle you can be given. You will watch your children grow. You will survive and come out stronger from an abusive relationship and find someone who loves you and the three children you bring with you. You will add three more children. You will learn that you can face raising special needs children and do it well. They will grow and beat all of the expectations people give them. You will watch all of them grow and love it and them to the moon and back. You will end up being a teen mother who raises a child who goes to college as an athlete and academic and continues to excel.

Don’t doubt yourself. You can do it!


Future you

Do you want to follow along and see what other bloggers are participating? Then head on over to Pepper Scraps. The #LoveMe Challenge is a one month challenge to learn to love yourself.

What would you tell your past self?

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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

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