I love that Red Room gives writers on the space prompts. This is the first time I've rolled with it.
In high school I thought I was so ugly and fat. Two years ago a friend of mine from my high school days posted a picture of me on their facebook page and tagged me. I was immediately shocked at how I was not nearly as fat as I seem to remember. And I was much prettier than I recall thinking I was.
It's a tragedy that youth is wasted on the young. Today's me would like to go back to my big-haired 17 year old self and tell her to have more fun and worry less about what people said to her or about her. I'd definitely hug her for an hour or two.
This moment of time travel through photos had me thinking of all the foolish mistakes I made as a young woman. Honestly I don't regret any of the stupid things I did, though I do wish--after the two hour hug--I could tell younger me not to succumb to guilt and shame. I know shame limited me from loving myself back then. I'd focus on what I loved about younger me. I could be so fearless and brave. I was also very outspoken. I would not change any of that. I love that part of me.
Causes Kali Meister Supports
Sexual Assault Crisis Centers, Amnesty International, West Memphis 3, Doctors Without Borders, GLTB Activism